Dwyane Wade sat down for an interview wth the Associated Press on Saturday and talked about exactly what kind of condition he was in for the last two playoff series with a severe bone bruise in his right knee. It was evident Wade was limited based on his play, but the extent to which Wade needed treatment to keep going is startling. It got so bad, Wade was ready to take a smaller role for the team:
In an interview with The Associated Press, Wade revealed Saturday that his right knee pained him so much that he contemplated asking to play limited minutes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and that his left knee was drained and required about eight hours of game-day therapy just so he could play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
"I went through a lot," said Wade, who's now a three-time NBA champion. "But I'm at peace now."
Wade also received platelet-rich plasma therapy late in the regular season to combat three bone bruises around his right knee, which was his biggest source of frustration and pain during the playoffs. Wade said two of the bruises healed, but a third — directly under the kneecap — remained a big problem, especially since that area was also affected by tendinitis.
Wade underwent an MRI to rule out additional problems during the East finals against Indiana, and said he was driving to a meeting with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra before Game 7 of that series — not long after saying in the immediate aftermath of the Game 6 loss to the Pacers that he needed the ball more — to tell him that he felt he should only play short minutes because his ineffectiveness was hurting the team.
Spoelstra had other ideas, and Wade decided to scrap his plan.
"I felt like if I was going to be playing the way I was playing, and hurting the way I was hurting, I wasn't going to be able to help us move on to the next round," Wade said. "I was going to say play me short minutes only, and give Mike Miller and other guys opportunities. But I came into the meeting, and all Spo was about was giving me more opportunities and getting me ways to be more successful. So I was like, 'Well, changed my mind.'"
So to recap:
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Constant treatment.
- Wraps involving moving his kneecap to the side in order to lock things in place and prevent contact with the bruise.
- Nearly took a smaller role with the offense.
- Knee drained the day before Game 7 of the Finals on Thursday night.
- Eight hours (8 hours) of treatment before Game 7.