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Wade (thigh) sits out practice, could miss time

Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 12:09 pm
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat out practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day with a thigh injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwyane-wade

On Monday, we noted that Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is dealing with a "right lateral thigh contusion" that he said was a 9.7 on a 1-10 pain scale. Ouch.

Tuesday's practice update offered little in the way of comfort for Heat fans. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the injury kept Wade from practice and the Heat Index reports that "Wade says he doesn't know if he'll play Wednesday. He's taking it day-to-day."

The Heat have just five games over the next nine days left on their regular season schedule. Usually the temptation this time of year is to shut down a player of Wade's stature to ensure that he's 110% healthy when the playoffs begin later this month.

Indeed, LeBron James casts his vote for caution, telling the Sun-Sentinel he favors shutting down Wade if that's what's needed.
"He knows at this point he doesn't have to push it," James said. "We need him more later than we do now."
James said if that means Wade missing time this week, so be it.
"Absolutely, if that's what it takes," he said. "D-Wade needs to be as close to 100 percent as possible. Of course he can't be 100, no one is 100 right now.
The good news for Miami is that three of their remaining five games are against lottery-bound teams. Indeed, Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks and Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats are both extremely winnable, even if Wade sits out. 

Unfortunately for Wade, the Heat are in a tight race for the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed with their nemesis, the Boston Celtics. As of Tuesday, Miami is just a 1/2 game ahead of Boston. To make matters worse, the Heat face the Celtics in a critical swing game on Sunday. That makes it extremely difficult for Heat president Pat Riley or Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to craft a shut down plan if something as important as homecourt advantage in the second round of the playoffs against Boston remains on the line. Hence, the "day-to-day" talk. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:58 am

Wade (thigh) sits out practice, could miss time

AllMike- true but other teams have better role/ support players. That is Miami's greatest problem. Let's say a Celtic or Laker goes down for 4 games in a series. They could still gut out a win or two running on fumes and support then finish off the series when the star returns. If a Heatle goes down, they would be hard pressed to win any games. The supporting cast just isn't there.

That being said. If the Heat stay healthy, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:29 pm

Wade (thigh) sits out practice, could miss time

I wouldn't be too worried... Wade will miss a few games and it WILL have an impact, but Lebron James and Chris Bosh can lead this team with the help of Mike Bibby (really? did I just write that?!) That's the Miami Heat's biggest issue right now: SUPPORT CAST, we need to have the 6th men and utility players producing.. hitting open jump shots, etc. Without the rest of the team, the dream 3 don't stand a chance, especially considering they're all about being in "the show" rather than winning (except for Lebron, you gotta admit, he's got heart - who else would be furious when trailing in the all-star game?)

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:20 pm

Wade (thigh) sits out practice, could miss time

And if the lakers lose Kobe or Gausol they are also done!!  The same could be said for any of the best teams in the league.  How do you think the Bulls would do if they lost Rose?  Or if the Celtics lost Garnett or PP?

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:46 pm

Wade (thigh) sits out practice, could miss time

The Heatles can play and play well without Ringo but if they lose their lead vocalist, Lebron; their bass guitarist, Bosh or their backup singer D Wade they are done!!

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