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Wade game-time decision Thursday with sore knee. Don’t worry, he’ll go on Christmas.

Dec 23, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade missed the Miami Heat’s shoot around Thursday morning in Phoenix with a sore knee. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he would be a game-time decision against the Suns for Thursday night.

The real reason this is news — does this mean he might not go on Christmas Day against the Lakers?

Are you kidding me? For all the talk about this being “just one of 82” it isn’t. It’s a huge showcase game. It can provide some validation for the Heat and the Lakers. It will have no real bearing on the rest of the season or playoffs. It will mean nothing should these teams meet in the finals.

But teams like the big stage, and this is a huge one. If Wade’s leg is still attached, he’ll go.

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