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Dwyane Wade has a bruised left hip and will try to play through the pain.

Wade went to the locker room about a minute after getting shaken up in a collision with Dallas’ Brian Cardinal during Game 5 of the NBA finals.

Wade was taken out of the game with 2:58 left in the opening quarter, about a minute after he and Cardinal collided as the 2006 NBA finals MVP was driving. He returned to the Heat bench with 8:52 left in the second quarter, walking gingerly, and went back onto the court as play resumed.

Wade had eight points for the Heat before getting shaken up.

Stay tuned: Even with him ailing, Miami’s up 42-39 with 8:20 left in the first half. LeBron James has six points so far; Tyson Chandler has nine for the Mavs.


Mario Chalmers did it again.

A running 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first quarter gave the Heat a 31-30 lead after the opening period of Game 5 of the NBA finals. He hit another buzzerbeater to close the opening period in Game 3 as well. So with that, the defense-first NBA finals have been flipped upside down.

Neither team had a 30-point quarter in the first four games of these finals, so of course, both ended that streak at once.

The bigger news here is Dwyane Wade. He appears to have been banged up in a collision with Brian Cardinal and is in the locker room getting checked out. No official word yet on what’s happening.


Storm weathered, again.

Dallas 23, Miami 19, 2:58 left in the first quarter. Dwyane Wade has eight so far for the Heat, who looked like they were going down by nine when Shawn Marion appeared to have a clear path to the rim. LeBron James erased his shot, starting a break that Wade finished with a quick hoop.

Mavs shooting 60 percent, with six different players having at least one field goal in the first 9 minutes. Always a good sign for teams to get lots of guys involved early.

LeBronwatch update: He has two points, meaning he needs eight more to stretch his streak of consecutive double-figures games to … one. He does seem more aggressive, yes. It’s just not translating into what most people expected _ him taking a ton of early shots.

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