Dwyane Wade didn't start the second half of Game 6 because of a stiff knee from banging into Manu Ginobili in the first half.

"Early in the game I took a good shot right on my left knee and that's the knee I had surgery on," Wade said Wednesday. "That kind of trauma to it at that moment, it just swelled up. At halftime I was trying to do as much as I can, treatment. I need a certain amount if time, so I told them to make sure they start Ray [Allen] in that quarter.

"It was stiff," he said. "I couldn't do as much as I wanted to. I just tried to do whatever I could."

Said coach Erik Spoelstra: "I knew he was going to come back out. I just didn't know at what time."

Wade clearly struggled in the second half and was actually on the bench as the Heat made their big run to close the gap on the Spurs to start the fourth quarter.