SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade cleared the concussion protocol and avoided a serious injury after crashing hard to the floor at the end of the first quarter against Sacramento on Friday night.
Wade landed awkwardly while going for a rebound with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Wade’s head bounced off the floor and he immediately grabbed the back of his head, and then rolled onto his stomach, where he lay while being checked by a team trainer.
Wade was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the court. He was examined by a team trainer and was checked for a possible concussion before being cleared to return.
And when he did with 4:35 left in the first half he was hot — Wade scored 11 points before halftime.
Miami led most of the night but Sacramento closed the game on a 19-2 run led by Buddy Hield, who had 23 points on the night, and the Kings got the win 102-96