Dwyane Wade left Tuesday night’s contest against the Bucks with a hamstring injury, and was unable to return. His absence meant a winnable game turned into a loss, which only furthered to make Miami’s postseason chances even more precarious.
Now, the Heat will have to survive without Wade for, at the very least, the next two-three weeks. He could very well be out even longer, but even the most conservative of timetables would keep him out of the All-Star game, if in fact he’s selected as a reserve when the vote of the coaches is revealed Thursday night.
Calling a sudden news conference on Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade told reporters, “I won’t be seeing y’all for a little while, so take a good look at this face.” The shooting guard strained his hamstring on Tuesday night in the Heat’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and he said the best-case scenario for his return would be two to three weeks. That means Wade would miss the All-Star game if he is picked as a reserve, and also miss Heat’s road game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb.11.
“You can’t put a time on it,” Wade said. “You can’t look at the hamstring and say you’re going to be out this amount of games. Like many muscle strains, you’ve got to go day-by-day.”