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Wade out Tuesday, no timetable for return to lineup


UPDATE 11:36 am: In a surprise to nobody, the Heat have announced that Wade will not play Tuesday against the Spurs. So, back to The LeBron James Show, with a guest appearance by Chris Bosh.

Don’t ask when Wade will be back.

10:43 am: Dwyane Wade sprained his ankle last Friday night in a game. He has not practiced since.

But don’t go asking coach Erik Spoelstra when his star guard will be back. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel tried and got the run around.

“I’m not trying to be coy,” Spoelstra said. “We are going to reevaluate him every day. I don’t have another answer for you and that’s how we’re taking it. We’re going to be very judicious as we move forward, but we do not have a timetable to his return.”

The Heat play the Spurs Tuesday to kick off a five-game homestand following three losses on the road out West. Technically Wade is a game-time decision although nobody really expects him to suit up.

Wade missed three games with a bruised foot, only to return then have the rolled ankle soon after. Sounds like he could use a few games off to get his body right, but who knows?

Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami.

“No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA TV.

As you would expect, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was more cautious.

“We’ll have to see how he responds tomorrow,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “When he was able to sweat and keep it warm he was fine.

“Fortunately, we have an extra day and we’ll see if that’s enough.”

It probably will be. Even though Wade conceded he was not 100 percent after he came back from the locker room twice from getter treatment he played well. He was 6-of-9 shooting for 15 points with six trips to the line after the injury. It didn’t seem to slow him as he drove both ways and hit some impressive shots, including a little fadeaway over Tyson Chandler’s outstretched arm.

It wasn’t enough, the Heat lost 112-103 and now trail 3-2 in the series, which now heads back to Miami.

The injury happened with 4:01 left in the first quarter. Wade drove the lane and Brian Cardinal stepped in to try and take the charge and they had a pretty physical collision. Cardinal was called for blocking, although that was a pretty borderline play.

Wade was clearly injured and as grimaced immediately. He tried to play through it was within a minutes was on the sidelines then headed back to the locker room for treatment. He played 8:52 of the second quarter but the injury tightened up at half time and he did not come out with the team to start the second half. When he was inserted into the game with 4:33 left in the third quarter he did not come out the rest of the way.

Wade refused to talk about the injury post game, refused to talk about how it did or didn’t impact his game.

“It was unfortunate I had to leave the game, but I came back and I finished it,” Wade said.

He’ll need to play through whatever pain there is Sunday and play well, or it is the Heat that will be finished.

Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

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Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime.

He did not come out to start the second half and is unclear if he would play in that half

Officially it is a left hip contusion and he was questionable to return, but if you thought he was out for good I have some land to sell you near the Everglades. He returned in the second quarter, before things tightened up at halftime.

Wade made some good moves upon his return in both directions and showed no ill effects. He finished the half with 11 points on 2-5 shooting and got to the line 8 times.

Now the bigger question is how will it feel before Game 6?

The injury occurred when he drove the lane and collided with Brian Cardinal in the first quarter. Cardinal was called for blocking on what was a very physical play, although it was a borderline call. At best.

Dwyane Wade practices, says he is not hurt

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Dwyane Wade has sounded more like a guy getting ready for the NHL Stanley Cup finals rather than the NBA finals — he refuses to discuss an injury. He’s had a heat pack on his shoulder. He’s had a guy stretching it out during games. His numbers were way down against the Bulls. But ask him about it and he says there is no problem.

That continued on Monday, the day before Game 1, when Wade practiced with his team full out, then told the media at Heat practice that he is just fine (via the Associated Press).

“I’m not hurt,” he said.

Wade will play a key role in this series — the Mavs have traditionally struggled to stop good two guards. DeShawn Stevenson has had some success on him, but to give Stevenson big minutes means to leave Jason Terry and his scoring on the bench or for the Mavs to go very small. Either way, it plays to the Heat’s strengths. Wade could end up having a monster series, just like last time he played the Mavs in the finals.

In addition to Wade, other Heat players who had sat out practices recently were back in the fold — Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and James Jones. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he cut the practice short because it was getting to physical, with guys gearing up for Game 1.

Dwyane Wade to play Friday night for Heat

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After missing one game due to a bruised thigh bruise, Dwyane Wade should be back Friday night to take on Charlotte.

Our man Ira Winderman, writing for the Sun Sentinel, sums it up well in a tweet.

Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (thigh) is “probable” for tonight against the Bobcats. In Heat parlance that means he is going to play.

This speaks to two things. One, Wade’s pain tolerance is incredibly high. His whole career he has played through bumps and bruises, a byproduct of his slashing style of play that sees him knocked to the ground constantly.

The other is that the Heat can’t risk more losses because they and the Celtics are in a battle for the two/three seeds in the East. Which really means earning home court in the second round when those two teams square off. The big showdown will be Sunday when the Heat and Celtics play, but Miami (and Boston) can’t afford an upset to a lesser team. Like when Miami lost to Milwaukee Wednesday. So Wade will be back.