Since Dwyane Wade's days at Marquette, migraines have been a recurring issue, keeping him out of one game at the start of his NBA career against the Clippers and another earlier this season against the Toronto Raptors.
The latest bout kept him out of Sunday's practice in advance of Monday's Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
While Wade made it back to the court for Monday's 94-73 victory in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series, there were concerns going in.
"We're trying to be proactive with it as much as possible," coach Erik Spoelstra said.
The headaches tend to linger for Wade.
"He's had them before," Spoelstra said. We really want to be proactive right now and keep him rested and taking medicine."
Wade closed with 14 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes.
As it turns out, the headache symptoms began before the Heat's Game 1 victory in the series, when Wade scored 17 points and hit two key late shots.
"He said just before the game that he felt he had a headache," Spoelstra said, "but you know how competitive he is."
With Heat forward James Jones also having dealt with migraines, the team's medical staff is well versed in treatments.
"I think we've got the best docs, the best support staff that's going to make sure he's taken care of," forward LeBron James said. "It's all about him getting healthy."
Forward Chris Bosh said the games are too important at this stage to allow anything to become a distraction.
"We never make excuses for anything," he said. "We expect to win the game no matter what happens."
Wade has special tinted goggles, with bright light exacerbating his symptoms. He shot with them before Monday's game, before discarding them for the game.
James said he appreciated Wade bypassing the goggles.
"It's like if you break a nose or something or a cheekbone, you've got to wear the mask, a thing I've had to do and a few of our teammates this year," James said. "It's not comfortable."
HEAT 94, 76ERS 73: The Heat's defense was stifling from the outset, with the 76ers limited to 13 first-quarter points and 31 in the first half, as Miami moved to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series. LeBron James led the Heat with 29 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists, with Chris Bosh contributing his second consecutive double-double, with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
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