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June 16, 2013

Heat, Spurs set for pivotal Game 5 of NBA Finals

Spurs' Duncan calls game 'A must win.'

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“It’s a part of the playoffs,” Wade said. “There’s always high moments. There’s always low moments. There’s moments when you have guys who are in a slump, et cetera. Guys who come out of it. Great story lines. It’s all of it.”

The teams returned to practice Saturday after taking a day off, and though Parker said his strained right hamstring was feeling better and he hoped to be close to 100 percent by the game, he later made that sound impossible.

“My hamstring can tear any time now,” he said. “So if it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days. But now it’s the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”

Ginobili is averaging 7.5 points on 34.5 percent shooting in the series, making only three of his 16 3-point attempts. Parker said he’s still confident in his longtime teammate, and coach Gregg Popovich said he wasn’t worried about either player — about all he did say on a day when he was a man of even fewer words than usual.

During his brief responses to eight questions, he added that he wasn’t surprised by the Heat’s lineup change in Game 4, but wouldn’t say whether the Spurs would do anything different today.

“I’d hate to be trite and say anything is possible. Your question demands my triteness,” he answered.

The last three games have all been blowouts, a somewhat surprising result that wasn’t so surprising to James. When their Big Three all play like they Thursday, the Heat can make even a good team like the Spurs look pretty bad.

“If we play our game, if we force turnovers, we rebound, execute offensively and don’t turn the ball over, we can win against anybody,” James said. “We’re a confident bunch. But we’re going against a great team that’s going to make adjustments as well. And that’s why it’s a 2-2 series right now.”

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