One might assume that Heat guard Dwyane Wade was happy to see the Knicks push the Pacers to a sixth game in their series, because it guaranteed an extra two days of rest for Wade before the start of the Eastern Conference finals, now set for Wednesday.

But Wade said after Friday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena that there's no added benefit for the bone bruise in his right knee.

"It is what it is. I had 10 days off last time," Wade said. "It really doesn't matter."

Wade sat out Game 4 of the Heat's opening-round series against the Bucks, but continued to deal with discomfort throughout the conference semifinals against the Bulls. Between now and Wednesday, "I'm just going to do what I can," he said. "I've got to practice with it and play with it so I can know how I feel."

Wade played 37 minutes in Game 5 against the Bulls — the most he has in a game this postseason — and posted 18 points (7-of-13), six assists and five rebounds, making several key plays after heading to the locker room after the third quarter to retape his right knee.

"In the fourth quarter, he had his hand in virtually every big play that decided that game. … He'll find a way to help you win, one way or the other," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

"I deal with stuff, and I'm mentally strong enough to be able to come out of it and still be effective and still do what I need to do with it," Wade said. "I'm not as fortunate as other guys, where I don't have to be asked these questions about getting injured. But I'm going to continue to play until my body says, 'All right. You've got to go.' "

Forward Chris Bosh said those who doubt Wade continue to push Wade.