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Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

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As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami.

“No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA TV.

As you would expect, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was more cautious.

“We’ll have to see how he responds tomorrow,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “When he was able to sweat and keep it warm he was fine.

“Fortunately, we have an extra day and we’ll see if that’s enough.”

It probably will be. Even though Wade conceded he was not 100 percent after he came back from the locker room twice from getter treatment he played well. He was 6-of-9 shooting for 15 points with six trips to the line after the injury. It didn’t seem to slow him as he drove both ways and hit some impressive shots, including a little fadeaway over Tyson Chandler’s outstretched arm.

It wasn’t enough, the Heat lost 112-103 and now trail 3-2 in the series, which now heads back to Miami.

The injury happened with 4:01 left in the first quarter. Wade drove the lane and Brian Cardinal stepped in to try and take the charge and they had a pretty physical collision. Cardinal was called for blocking, although that was a pretty borderline play.

Wade was clearly injured and as grimaced immediately. He tried to play through it was within a minutes was on the sidelines then headed back to the locker room for treatment. He played 8:52 of the second quarter but the injury tightened up at half time and he did not come out with the team to start the second half. When he was inserted into the game with 4:33 left in the third quarter he did not come out the rest of the way.

Wade refused to talk about the injury post game, refused to talk about how it did or didn’t impact his game.

“It was unfortunate I had to leave the game, but I came back and I finished it,” Wade said.

He’ll need to play through whatever pain there is Sunday and play well, or it is the Heat that will be finished.

  1. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Wade isn’t injured; he faked the injury because he inadvertently doubled up on his morning prune juice and needed to take a dump and drop load, but didn’t want hundreds of millions of viewers world wide to know, so he went back to the locker room an ascended “King James Throne!”

    Noticed the look of relief on his face when he came in in the second half? Nothing like a good dump, I always say!

  2. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    There are a lot of REAL hip injuries all throughout Miami and South Beach tonight… from Heat bandwagoner’s getting hurt while scrambling off the Heat bandwagon!!!

  3. damp1015 - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Relax purdueman….

    • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:43 AM

      damp…. dude, I’m chillin! I sippin some good sippin whiskey right now relaxing while enjoying some tv off of my dvr! Make it a good night now!

  4. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Mc Donalds is prepared to make a big promotion in Miami should the Heat lose the playoffs. Yes, reports are that they are prepared to test market new low calorie, wimpy, tasteless and bland spoelstra oil for frying their potatoes in the Miami market!

  5. lucky5934 - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I am not going to celebrate yet, but it doesn’t look good for the Heat. Yes I know they are at home, but the Mavs are in their heads now. Only team to beat them at home in the playoffs. Only team to notch consecutive wins against them in the playoffs. Now Wade has a bruised hip, and Lebron fades away in the 4th quarter. In fact, he has put so much pressure on himself now that I am not sure if he can relax for the last two games. Sure the Heat could have won the series by now and been in a parade by the end of the week (Which also goes for the Mavs). Yes they can pull a 2010 Lakers and win the final 2 games at home to win the series 4-3. But I just don’t see it. The Heat are not learning from their mistakes. They continue to blow late game leads by settling for jumpshots instead of driving the lane and earning the foul.

  6. ballroller - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Wade’s hip “injury”. Sounds very much like a pre-excuse excuse. Like in, “we’re getting whooped and we need some cover”.

  7. mella21 - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Dirk has a torn tendon and some sinus infection that they all shrugged off…so I’m guessing this hip thing will receive the same treatment.

    I fully expect Wade to come out there in game 6 and try light it up..the only problem is that Lebron is also due for a big game.

  8. tim8282 - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    This whole ‘coughing incident’ is hilarious cause Wade fakes more injuries than anyone. Dude’s expression never changed after that hit. Left the game 10 minutes later and he can barely walk. Not buying it. Isn’t this the guy who needed a wheelchair for a shoulder injury?

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