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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’s All-Star ankle tweak nothing serious

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Dwyane Wade left the All-Star Game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, never to return to the court.

Heat fans, you should… relax.

Wade himself said this was nothing serious after the game, as reported by ESPN’s Heat Index.

“It was an All-Star Game,” Wade said of his decision not to return. “If it were a regular game, I would have tied my shoes up a little tighter and gone back out there. But I didn’t want to do too much.”

Wade is expected to play Tuesday against Sacramento.

Wade injured the ankle on a third quarter play when he landed on the foot of Jazz point guard Deron Williams. Wade had been battling a sore ankle for a few games and this seemed to aggravate it. He grabbed his ankle and limped off the court, but was soon joking with teammates.

For people calling for a more serious All-Star Game with something on the line, this is the risk. What if fighting for home court in the finals Wade more seriously injured his ankle and had been out a couple weeks or longer? Would that be good for the league?

Wade finished with 14 points.

Wade “virtually pain free” but Heat still taking their time

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The Miami Heat take the floor again on Tuesday, and again without Dwyane Wade. That’s not dire, but it slows the cohesion that the Heat really need.

However there are good signs, as was tweeted by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

[Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra on Wade; “Dwayne is making progress. He’s virtually pain free now.”

And they want to get him out there, as LeBron James said before the game.

“We would definitely want to get a preseason game in.”

But hamstrings are tricky things, come back too fast and aggravate it and it’s another couple weeks, and then we’re talking games that count.

“Obviously, if you’re a coach, you’d like to see him play now. We understand the big picture.”

No return date has been set. The Heat’s final preseason game is Oct. 22 against Orlando. They open the season Oct. 26 against the Boston Celtics.

Winderman: Without Wade in the lineup, Heat learn nothing from first game


Wade-James_anthem.jpgSo what did the Heat learn Tuesday night, as they unveiled their Big Three in their 105-89 exhibition victory over Detroit?

What they already knew.

And what Erik Spoelstra’s team knows can’t be the rule.

With Dwyane Wade sidelined by a strained right hamstring that could keep him out for two weeks, the Heat had a mere 3 minutes, 17 seconds with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Wade on the court.

Over that 3:17, the Heat had three turnovers, two baskets and trailed 5-4.

Granted, with actual energy at AmericanAirlines Arena (who knew?), early jitters could have been expected.

But when Wade left, James took control of the offense, even while playing alongside de facto point guards Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers, who rarely got to play as actual point guards.

That also is when Bosh settled in comfortably in the low post, without a shot to that point.

And that’s the rub. The preseason was when the Heat were going to find a way to make this work, especially the chemistry between James and Wade.

The highlight of camp had been the one-on-one between James and Wade during drills. It was worth the price of admission and those endless security waits at the Hurlburt Field Air Force installation.

But that’s not what this is about.

This is about Wade and James and something more than All-Star or Olympic-style play.

For the next four exhibitions, James will do for the Heat what he has done the previous seven years. And he’ll look as good doing it as he did Tuesday.

“I can’t defer,” he said of an approach that could be essential this season. “I’m never in defer mentality. I’m always in attack mode.”

And in the absence of Wade, as the clear-cut secondary option, and the focus of James’ passing, Bosh will load up on his numbers.

But it doesn’t matter.

None of it will matter. For the next two weeks, the Heat will be irrelevant.

Because everything they need to accomplish this season has to be accomplished with Wade working in concert with James.

Tuesday, it was as if LeBron was back in Cleveland.

And he is more than aware there has never been a happy ending there.

For those who had tired of the overkill, enjoy these next two weeks. Because the Heat won’t be the story. Without Wade, they can’t be the story.

 Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.