Dwyane Wade played in 54 games last season, part of a knee maintenance program designed to keep him fresh for the games that mattered in the playoffs (and he played almost 35 minutes a game in the playoffs, scoring 17.8 points a game with a good .560 true shooting percentage). Him missing all that time was one of the things that frustrated LeBron James with the Heat.
This season Wade has a new goal: Play every game.
Hard to imagine that happening but that’s what he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
My guess is Erik Spoelstra feels differently. Wade may play more regular season games, but he’s going to get his rest.
I’ll add this reminder (pointed out by the brilliant Tom Haberstroh at ESPN): By giving the players a full week off around the All-Star Game but not lengthening the NBA season most teams have one more back-to-back and some more compressed schedule dates. Which is going to mean some heavier wear on guys like Wade.
Meaning, bet the under.