NBA Notes: Wade's knee drained before Game 7

NBA Notes: Wade's knee drained before Game 7
June 22, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. (USA Today Images)

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade's knee problems were more troublesome during the playoffs than he ever acknowledged.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Wade revealed Saturday that his right knee pained him so much that he contemplated asking to play limited minutes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and that his left knee was drained and required about eight hours of game-day therapy just so he could play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

"I went through a lot," said Wade, who's now a three-time NBA champion. "But I'm at peace now."

Wade also received platelet-rich plasma therapy late in the regular season to combat three bone bruises around his right knee, which was his biggest source of frustration and pain during the playoffs. Wade said two of the bruises healed, but a third - directly under the kneecap - remained a big problem, especially since that area was also affected by tendinitis.

Wade underwent an MRI to rule out additional problems during the East finals against Indiana, and said he was driving into a meeting with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra before Game 7 of that series - not long after saying in the immediate aftermath of the Game 6 loss to the Pacers that he needed the ball more - to tell him that he felt he should only play short minutes because his ineffectiveness was hurting the team (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Report: Clippers talking contract with Byron Scott
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Los Angeles Clippers have entered into contract discussions with former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott.

After reportedly failing to land Doc Rivers in a deal with the Boston Celtics (see story), the Clippers are now looking elsewhere for their next coach.

Hiring Scott could be a smart move by the Clippers' front office as they look to satisfy Chris Paul in hopes of re-signing the All-Star point guard this summer.

Scott coached Paul for five seasons in New Orleans, and the two made back-to-back playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.  

Scott was fired by the Cavaliers after going 24-58 in his third season with the team.

Report: Chris Paul unhappy Clippers failed to land Rivers
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Chris Paul is not pleased with Clippers management after the team failed to land Doc Rivers in a deal with the Celtics.

The Clippers were said to be engaged in talks with the Celtics regarding a Kevin Garnett-DeAndre Jordan swap that would have also released Rivers from his contract, allowing him to sign a new deal with the Clippers.

With Paul set to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1, the Clippers' proximate goal is keeping their star point guard happy.

However, the team's latest failure could give Paul an excuse to explore his options when free agency opens.

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