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Flash is back but will he stick around?

There is a widely known rule inside and outside of the Heat's locker room that people can no longer call Dwyane Wade by his old nickname, "Flash."

Forget all that. Mike Miller couldn't help himself. 

Like an excited fan, Miller randomly screamed "Flash" in Wade's general direction throughout Wade's resurgent 32-point/six-steal effort on Thursday night in San Antonio. Wade's effort, buoyed by 33 points from LeBron James and 20 from Bosh, allowed the Heat to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2, ensuring at least one game back in Miami.

LeBron James joined in the "Flash" fan worship after the game. Wade joined Isiah Thomas as the only players to score at least 30 points in a Finals game while also recording six steals.

"He went back in his bag today. He was Flash tonight," James said. "We needed every bit of it.

"He's a competitor, and every time he's down, he responds. For him to go out there and play the way he played tonight, it was amazing. Thirty-two points, six boards, four assists, six steals — the six steals let me know he's very active both offensively and defensively."

Wade ditched the Flash moniker a few years back, saying it reminded him too much of his early years in the NBA. For one game of the NBA Finals, Flash was back. But will he stick around? After all, the Heat is only halfway to the championship in this series. Anything less than at least two more vintage performances by Wade might not be enough. You could feel momentum in the series shift on Thursday night, but another loss on Sunday would give the Spurs the advantage going into Game 6.

"I needed a game like this, but my teammates needed a game like this from me — needed me to be aggressive; needed me to play the way that I'm capable of," Wade said. " Most important, they needed the Big Three to play the way we're capable of. They depend on us a lot. We love our teammates, and we can't win without them. We're not going to win this series if myself, Chris and LeBron don't show up to play on a consistent basis.

"So tonight was kind of one of the best performances that we all had in the playoffs together at the same time. Just being aggressive from start to finish, and hopefully that's what we can see for the next three games."


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Great to see 3 kings reign supreme DESPITE another spurn by Spurluvin refs :(

Dear Mike Breen -- pleez SUCK IT. The "close call" against Bosh re Splitter's *obvious* charge is about as close as you'll ever get to broadcasting integrity.

THIRTY-ONE FREE THROWS to 17? Another "close" one. Granted, the Heat (luckily) converted several mission-impossibles (thx to whistle-free hacking/bludgeioning by SAS) that became and-1s (instead of make-2s). But Miami can't rely on miracles in game 5.

Meanwhile, game balls to ALL. Heat players know how big Ray Allen was on BOTH ends of the floor, inside OR outside. Ditto Bosh times x 2, who schooled St. Duncan with superior smarts, energy, toughness & skillz. They talked up Parker's 1st-half 15, but NoNo made him work & stole his gas. Miller didn't lite it up, however, he burned a lot of Spurs w/tenacious d. Ditto Rio. And UD.

And last but hardly least -- SCREW YOU DIME MAG. Wade is a HOFer no matter what "you" say. Chumps tweeted all kinds of smack after JVG called DWade top-5 at the 2. How ez they forget 2006 and all the other seasons Wade carried Miami like the Big O carried his.

Bron? Whan can u say. We are witnessing. Greatest. Ever.

If the Heat can bring 48 mins of fury Sunday, they'll be bringing another O'Brien to another Biscayne parade soon enuff.

Posted by: taheati | 06/14/2013 at 12:35 PM

"[Granted], the Heat (luckily) converted several (hacked & bludgeone) mission-impossibles that became and-1s (instead of make-2s). But [Miami] can't rely on miracles in game 5."

Read more here:

"THIRTY-ONE FREE THROWS to 17? Another 'close' one." [snark]

Did Birdman play? I didnt see him un there.

I think Birdman was a DNP/CD last nite.

Starting Miller allowed Spo to bring UD off the bench. Can't say enuff about Ray's/Mike's intangibles. Andersen's energy is almost always useful. But the allcourt savvy + skills of guys like Allen/Miller are indispensable (which also applies to Lewis) in a series like this.

MIA/SAS are the 2 smartest, mentally toughest, most skilled teams in the league. Spo is also putting the "heat" on Pop's halo by matching him move for move.

It's time to proact instead of react. The coach/team who *isn't* surprised Sun will go up 3-2. Another BIG game by Bosh (not necessarily points, but impact on both ends) would surely help. Timmy doesn't like being embarassed tho I think Chris has more steel than most think.

Game 5 Spurs win

Game 6 Heat win

Game 7 Spurs win

Spurs win series 4-3

Game 5, should be treated as a game 7.....

We gotta be better.... We gotta want it more......

LET'S GO.....

Good question? I've been waiting for this D Wade all playoffs. Great win! Ballers ball all the time. Don't let them Spurs get back up. You might not be able to get em back down. Good to see Pat Riley pacing and staring in the stands. Hell, I got intimidated!

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