Wade tallied 24 points (10-23 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six assists, five rebounds, and two steals over 31 minutes in Thursday's win over the Kings. Wade's shooting percentage wasn't particularly strong Thursday, but it was nice to see him get back up the 20-point threshold after he scored between nine and 12 points in each of his previous four games. The 33-year-old is averaging under 30 minutes per game on the season for the first time in his career, which may continue to make it difficult for him to regularly reach 20 points.
Wade (personal) played 32 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Timberwolves, contributing 10 points (5-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and six assists while turning the ball over five times. Wade had missed the Heat's previous game last week against the Jazz to tend to a personal matter, but his struggles continued when he returned to the court Tuesday. Over his last four games dating back to Nov. 6, Wade is averaging 10.8 points (on 32.7 percent shooting), five assists, two rebounds, and 0.5 steals, numbers well below his norms. Fortunately, Wade hasn't been hit by the injury bug this season and isn't reported to be dealing with any ailments beyond a battle with migraines over a week ago, so the recent decline in performance may just be a blip on the radar.
Wade (personal) practiced with the Heat on Monday and looks on track to play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Wade missed the Heat's previous game last Thursday against the Jazz after his eight-year-old son, Zion, suffered a health scare that resulted in a hospital stay. The veteran guard declined to detail the nature of his son's illness, but noted that Zion was feeling better and would be discharged from the hospital later Monday. Look for Wade to see his usual minutes in Tuesday's game.
Wade will not play on Thursday against Utah due to his son being ill. Wade missed the team shoot around Thursday and will now miss the game as well. The guard is fine and will return to action in Miami's next game against Minnesota on Tuesday. It has not been announced who will replace Wade in the starting lineup, but look for Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, and Beno Udrih to see some extra time in Wade's absence.
Wade was not present at shootaround Thursday but expects to play against the Jazz, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports. Wade was absent for personal reasons, but it sounds as though the Heat expect him to be ready come Thursday night. Wade is coming off of a rough game Tuesday against the Lakers, as he scored just 12 points in 25 minutes.
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