Dwyane Wade had knee drained before Game 7

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Dwyane Wade looked like he hopped in the Hot Tub Time Machine before Game 7 and went back a few years. He was the second best player on the court in the game — 23 points and 10 rebounds. He had more bounce in his step, hit 6-of-13 from the midrange and got into the paint enough to keep the Spurs honest.

The reason is he got his knee drained before Game 7 — it was that or ask to play limited minutes, reports the Associated Press.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Wade revealed Saturday that his right knee pained him so much that he contemplated asking to play limited minutes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and that his left knee was drained and required about eight hours of game-day therapy just so he could play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

“I went through a lot,” said Wade, who’s now a three-time NBA champion. “But I’m at peace now.”

Now he can rest that knee on a Caribbean beach while celebrating his third title. I’m not a doctor, but I bet your knee feels a lot better in that situation.

Wade said it was Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s words that made him decide to get the knee drained.

“I felt like if I was going to be playing the way I was playing, and hurting the way I was hurting, I wasn’t going to be able to help us move on to the next round,” Wade said. “I was going to say play me short minutes only, and give Mike Miller and guys other opportunities. But I came into the meeting, and all Spo was about was giving me more opportunities and getting me ways to be more successful. So I was like, ‘Well, changed my mind.'”

After Game 7, Spoelstra sang Wade’s praises.

“Really, he should be commended for being out there and doing whatever it takes, putting himself out there for criticism, possible criticism, because he wasn’t 100 percent,” Spoelstra said. “And he just helped us win. That was the bottom line. It was a selfless effort for two months. And some players probably wouldn’t have played.”

He played, and he was a key reason the Heat are back-to-back champions.

Heat/Spurs Game 7 draws big ratings for ABC

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After a slow start, America came around to watching one of the best series finals we have seen in a long time.

Thursday night’s Game 7 drew 26.3 million viewers — the second most ever for an ABC televised game. The only game that had more viewers was Game 7 of the 2010 Finals between the Celtics and Lakers.

Through the first five games this season, viewing numbers were down compared to the Finals in 2012 between the Heat and Thunder. However, that series only went 5 games, so with big crowds watching Games 6 and 7 this year’s series averaged 17.7 million viewers per game up, five percent on average from last season.

Next year conspiracy theorist fans can say it is Adam Silver that has the referees under his thumb and is manipulating series to go seven games for ratings reasons. They will not have David Stern to kick around any more.

NBA Finals Game 7 micro-movie

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This was as fun an NBA Finals as we have had in a long time. Both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played at a high level, both sides showed heart, and all of that came through in Game 7. I am going to have withdrawals now that this series is over.

So let’s get one more fix.

Just sit back as a basketball fan and enjoy the drama of Game 7. This is the NBA.com micro-movie of the deciding game of the NBA Finals, and it’s a great way to relive it one more time.

PBT Extra: Are the Heat a dynasty? Can they three-peat?

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Today on PBT Extra we look back at the Miami Heat and their back-to-back NBA Finals wins.

Kay Adams asks if they are a dynasty? I don’t know, I do know that we spend more time defining and re-defining the instant legacy of LeBron James and the Miami Heat than we have any of the other best teams of the last 30 years.

And a three-peat for the Heat is going to be much harder than winning this one. (I wrote about that in more detail, if you are good with words instead of videos.)

Drake tried to get into Heat locker room, was blocked by security (VIDEO)

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Trust my first hand knowledge on this — getting into the locker room of an NBA Championship team on the night they clinch the title is insanely difficult (even if you have the right credentials). There is a crush of people. It would be easier for Shaq to fit into a Mini Cooper.

But Drake — who was sitting courtside for Game 7 — tried. And was denied. You can see it in the video above.

He should have started from the bottom.

You can see Drake and his entourage are not used to being told no. To their credit, nobody pulled the dreaded “do you know who I am?” card. But he did say, “I am media,” which isn’t really going to work unless you have the credential around your neck (with your photo and name on it… and your first name isn’t Greatest).

But good job, good effort, Drake.

(He actually did catch up with the team at Story nightclub later and celebrated with them.)

(Thanks to SLAM for finding the video)