SAN ANTONIO — From time to time, Dwyane Wade will still extend his arms toward a referee in exasperation after not getting a foul call that he thought he earned.
He’s tried to do it less this season, for three reasons.
The Heat guard has gotten criticized at times throughout his career over how often he complains about calls, though when he saw it spilling into real life, he knew he had to make a change. The spark was when he saw one of his sons complaining to a referee during a youth league game, a display that left Wade pointing the finger of blame at himself.
‘‘I’m a role model for Zaire Wade and Zion Wade and Dahveon Morris,’’ Wade said, listing his two sons and the nephew he’s raising. ‘‘So I go to their games and I hate, I hate, to see them talking back to the ref. I hate it. It burns me up inside every time. I’m like, ‘Get back on defense.’ And then I look in the mirror and say, ‘Well, how can you tell him not to do something when you’re doing it?’ I look at that and I think that’s helped me understand.’’
Sunday is Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It’s also Father’s Day, a particularly special day for Wade. His long struggle for single custody of his children was well-chronicled, and the book he wrote revolved largely around the relationships he has with the boys in his life.
So he’s simply trying to be the best he can, on the court and off. He only picked up four technicals during this regular season, way down from his career-worst 12.
When he was playing for the Celtics, Ray Allen set the record for 3-pointers in an NBA Finals, connecting 22 times from beyond the arc in 2008.
His mark is in jeopardy.
San Antonio’s Danny Green has 19 3-pointers already, meaning he’s on pace to smash the number set by Allen, now a reserve guard with the Heat.
Asked if he was aware of his proximity to the mark on Saturday, Green wanted no part of the conversation.
‘‘No,’’ Green said. ‘‘And I don’t want to be aware. So thanks.’’
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was locked in on Game 5 of the Finals on Saturday, and apparently wasn’t all that enthused about taking questions on any other topic.
Or really, any topic.
He was asked eight questions in his post-practice news conference, according to the transcript provided by the NBA, and his average answer was just over 11 words. The final queries directed to Popovich were related to how some teams are preferring to field smaller, more athletic rosters.
‘‘I only care about what’s going on right now in this series,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not concerned about trends in the NBA.’’
Sunday is the 51st and final road game for the Heat this season, including playoffs. They’re 35-15 so far, which is a better win total than 12 teams posted overall this season . . . If he plays in Game 5 of the Finals, Allen will be appearing in his 100th game of the season. Heat guard Norris Cole would be appearing in his 101st, passing Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough for the outright games-played lead this season.