If the Miami Heat are to win their 26th consecutive game on Sunday, they’ll have to do it without Dwyane Wade, who will be sidelined due to a sore right knee, the team announced before tip-off.
Wade is listed as day-to-day, and Mike Miller will get the start in his place.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters that Wade bumped the knee a few games back, and that he aggravated it again in Miami’s win over Boston. He has been receiving treatment on it over the past few days, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN.com.
Miami is at home against the Charlotte Bobcats, who come in with a record of 16-53, worst in the entire league. They play at Orlando Monday on the second night of a back-to-back, against a Magic team whose record of 18-52 on the season is second worst to only that of Charlotte’s. Spoelstra said it’s possible that Wade may return for that one.
Wade is averaging 21.5 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 34.8 minutes per game this season.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.