Dwyane Wade to miss first game of year, has sore hamstring

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Last season, Dwyane Wade missed more than a third of the Miami Heat’s games on a knee maintenance program designed to keep him healthy come the playoffs.

This season Wade had been part of each of the Heat’s first eight games, averaging more than 32 minutes a night. New season, new responsibilities, but there were serious questions about how much he would play

Wade’s hamstring is bothering him and he is about to miss his first game of the season Friday, but he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel this is different.

After pushing through three sets of back-to-back games this season, Dwyane Wade said Friday that it is time to stop pushing and instead take time to deal with a strained left hamstring sustained early in Wednesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Wade not only decided to skip Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, but indicated he would be careful not to rush back too soon. He missed nine games late last season with a similar strained left hamstring.

“For me, obviously I want to play as many games as possible,” he said Friday. “As I said before, you can’t control certain things. I’ve had worse. I’ll be back out there soon enough. Just when I come back, I want to be able to play the way I was playing the way before, and not hampered like I was the other night.”

Wade is averaging 19.8 points on 50.8 shooting this season.

James Ennis — a PBT favorite — will get the start in his place.