SAN ANTONIO -- The question in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday will be which teams are going to show up.
That goes for both the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs.
After a thrilling Game 1, won by the Spurs on Tony Parker's clinching basket, the teams haven't delivered a classic since. The Heat won by 19, lost by 36 and cruised by 16. The last few minutes of each game have looked more like an October exhibition than a mid-June championship clash.
Maimi's Dwyane Wade says fans shouldn't worry. He expects Game 5 to be the best of the series.
In finals knotted at 2-all, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the series 20 out of 27 times (see full story).
Spurs: Team worried about Ginobili
SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili isn't scoring.
He's played a careless game instead of his famously creative one. So far in these NBA Finals, where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade just delivered a forceful reminder in Game 4 about stars deciding this series, the San Antonio Spurs are still waiting on one of their biggest.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Friday that Ginobili hasn't found a rhythm in the playoffs. But he says it's too simplistic to merely ask, "What are we going to do to get him going?"
Simplistic, maybe. But their prospects of the Spurs winning a fifth title may hinge on just that.
Ginobili scored just five points in Thursday night's loss. He's averaging 7.5 points in the Finals, down from his 11.8 scoring average during the regular season (see full story).
Nuggets: Gallinari could return sooner than expected
DENVER -- Danilo Gallinari's knee surgery wasn't as complex as anticipated, so he could return to the Denver Nuggets sooner than expected.
Gallinari tore his left ACL in a game against Dallas on April 4 and was expected to miss at least half of next season. He underwent surgery this week at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, where he was operated on by noted surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman.
Team spokesman Tim Gelt forwarded a statement from the clinic to The Associated Press on Friday night that read: "Danilo Gallinari had an arthroscopic procedure to promote healing of his ACL tear, which was found to be partially torn at the time of surgery. Dr. Steadman has performed over 2,000 of these procedures. We are hopeful that Danilo will return to basketball sooner than if he had a complete ACL reconstruction."
Gallinari also posted a video Friday on his official Facebook page in which he delivered the good news, saying in Italian that his recovery time will be "completely different" that previously expected (see full story).