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Wade remains in the locker room, still no word on his return for the stretch run. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each have 13 for Miami.

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Dwyane Wade isn’t starting the second half of the NBA finals, presumably to get extra treatment on his bruised left hip.

Dwyane who?

Mike Miller, who started in his place, just opened the third quarter by nailing a game-tying 3-pointer.

No official updates yet on Wade’s status.

By the way, at least one Mavs fan was very upset at halftime. She ordered a $4 drink from a vendor, gave him a $20 and got back a $10 bill, a $5 bill and a $1 coin in change. The coin set her OFF. It was getting huffy in here, folks.

Finals pressure. It affects everyone.

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Halftime of Game 5. Dallas 60, Miami 57.

No, that’s not through three quarters.

What’s happening here is somewhat surprising. These finals have been all about defense. Not tonight, they haven’t. A game in June has January defensive intensity, for the most part.

So we’re on pace for a 120-114 game.

I say we don’t get anywhere near that. (Disclaimer: I’m always wrong.) These defenses are too good. And these numbers are coming without Dirk Nowitzki going off, with Dwyane Wade having a bruised left hip, with LeBron James still in single-digits.

How did we get here?

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