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Dwyane Wade ruled out, LeBron James a game time decision against Suns

Nov 17, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: LeBron James will be in the starting lineup tonight in Phoenix, though Erik Spoelstra did say before the game that they’ll be monitoring his vitals very closely.

The schedule-makers didn’t do the Suns any favors, but some injury concerns from their next opponent may give them a bit of a break after all.

Phoenix played well in spurts in Los Angeles Friday night, and the team was closer than expected until an 18-point fourth quarter ultimately sealed its fate. The Suns host the defending champion Miami Heat on Saturday to complete the back-to-back set, but won’t have to face them at full strength.

Dwyane Wade has already been ruled out, as he’s still dealing with the sore foot that kept him from participating in the Heat’s win over the Nuggets on Thursday.

With Miami not scheduled to play again until four days from now, it makes sense to sit him if there’s even a hint of a lingering effect of the injury, so the team is taking the smart approach.

LeBron James skipped the team’s shootaround, and will be a game time decision due to illness.

The Heat come into Phoenix with a record of 7-3 overall, but are just 3-3 on the road to begin the season.

  1. readysethike - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    cue the jordan played with the flu comments

  2. lucky5936 - Nov 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Well, he did and you brought it up! Can’t exactly not acknowledge history because it’s convenient. With that being said, Jordan played with a high temperature in the playoffs. If it was the early regular season, he maybe would have sat that game out. Jordan was simply mentally tougher than Lebron.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Apology?

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Sit em all out. Sit Bosh and Ray too. This game tonight isn’t worth any of these guys’ presence. Start Cole, T Harris, J Jones, Rashard, and Harrellson; and play em all the whole game. Doesn’t matter.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      They didn’t listen. LeBron’s playing. Just want to go on record to say I’d sit him. Not worth it.

  4. lakerluver - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Wade ruled out? You gotta be kidding.

  5. charlescub80 - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Oh, what a surprise. Wade is not playing. Next….

  6. progress2011 - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    It’s my belief, we will find out, after D-Wade retires, that he has some type of ligament, bone and joint disorder.

    This guy is FRAGILE ! Either mentally, physically or both.

    I’m sure Heat fans hold their breath, the entire time he is in a game, because they know, at any moment he can be SIGNIFICANTLY injured.

    Watching the replays of his twisted ankle and the degree in which the ankle twisted, D-Wades ankle did not twist any further than Rondo’s….and don’t try to use the excuse, Wade stepped on someone because the significance of the injury is primarily predicated on the degree of the sprain/ strain.

    I don’t want to criticize him too much because I truly believe he has an underlying disability, be it mental or physical.

    • bils293 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Almost as fragile as drose. That guys made of glass.

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