NBA Finals 2013: Dwyane Wade dealing with swollen knee after Game 6 collision

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Wade could be hobbled going into a series-deciding Game 7 on Thursday night.

The surgically-repaired left knee of Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade remains "swollen and stiff" after a collision with San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili during Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

It's unclear how the injury might affect Wade's status for Thursday's series-deciding Game 7. He continued to play Tuesday night after running into Ginobili on a drive to the rim, but his overall numbers for the game were lacking: 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists.

Coming off a pair of strong performances in Games 4 and 5, it seems reasonable to believe Wade's knee was limiting him in some way. Many of Miami's best stretches Tuesday came with Wade on the bench, which allowed the Heat to spread shooters around LeBron James and better space the floor to pressure San Antonio's defense.

Considering it's the final game of the season Thursday regardless of which way it goes, expect Wade to play unless he's completely incapable. However, the Heat may once again be tasked with winning despite the All-Star guard being less than 100 percent.

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