Dwyane Wade expected to return to lineup against Bobcats from bruised thigh.
Posted by Matt Moore
Dwyane Wade has missed a few games with a bruised thigh, which probably had something to do with the Heat's loss to the Bucks. Wade participated in shootaround Friday morning, and is listed as "probable" for Friday night's game against the Bobcats.
The Heat are tied with Boston for the No. 2 seed in the East. They face the Bobcats Friday, then a game on Sunday, then the Hawks monday on a back-to-back, then finish with the Raptors on Wednesday to close out the season. The Celtics face the Wizards Friday, then they also have a game on Sunday, then a back-to-back in Washington, and finish at home against the Knicks.
That game on Sunday is of course Celtics vs. Heat, and it will go a long way towards sorting this whole thing out. Both teams winning out outside of that game is very possible. So that game on Sunday will likely determine not only who gets that 2 seed, but how much rest each team will get. If the Celtics win, with a tie breaker, they can rest players and still walk away with the seed thanks to tie-breaker. If the Heat win, the Celtics may have to keep pushing, when they're pretty burned out at this point.
All of this could be rendered moot if the Bobcats join the legion of underwhelming teams who have dropped the Heat.