Dwyane Wade plans return Feb. 20 against Knicks


This is where the extended one-week All-Star break is helping some teams this year.

Dwyane Wade has a right hamstring issue that, when announced at the end of last month, was expected to keep him out a few weeks. That will end up being seven games (they were 2-4 entering the Cleveland game Wednesday night), plus the All-Star Game Sunday in New York.

However he will be back right after that, Wade told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

“I look forward to after the break, coming back for the guys, getting a practice [next] Wednesday and Thursday and getting ready to play Friday, just getting ready to understand the last 30 games, we’ve got some good some basketball we have to play if we want to play further, in April and May.”

W missed seven games back in November with a left hamstring issue, this time it’s the other leg. It would have been more games this time around had it not been for the extended All-Star break.

Miami needs Wade back as they are in a tough playoff fight — entering Wednesday night seven-seed Miami, eight-seed Charlotte, Brooklyn and Detroit were all within two games of each other for the final two playoff spots in the East.