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Dwyane Wade says knee “not even close” to full strength

Apr 26, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

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Dwyane Wade didn’t look right during Miami’s 104-91 Game 3 win over the Bucks Thursday.

He was grimacing in pain. He shot 1-for-12 and had six turnovers (although he did have 11 assists and nine rebounds). He was not the same guy on the defensive end.

And it comes back to that knee he was resting at the end of the regular season — it’s still not right.

Wade talked about it to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“I’m not where I want to be. I’m not even close,” Wade said, words that, in the big picture, meant far more than Thursday’s result. “I’m still able to push through certain things…

“I shot the ball terrible,” he said. “But we played a good game. I wasn’t feeling great tonight. I’m not worried about it. I’m not going to cry. I’ve got two days off. So, hopefully, it’ll be better for Game 4.”

If time off is what Wade needs he and the Heat can get a nice stretch of it — win Game 4 on Sunday and Miami could be off a week or more waiting for the winner of the Brooklyn/Chicago series that looks like it could go seven games (Chicago leads 2-1).

In the first round, going 1-of-12 for a night is not going to slow the Heat against the Bucks. Frankly the Heat should have enough to survive that in the second round against either opponent as well.

But by the conference finals — likely facing the Knicks or Pacers — and the NBA finals this kind of game from Wade could do in the Heat for a game. Fortunately for the Heat, with the way the playoffs stretch out, Wade will have some time to get right.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    If it were my call, I would shut Wade down for the rest of this series (which should only be one game, on Sunday). But why make him play? They don’t need him for this round against the Bucks. I say sit him, and give him that much more rest (counting today, it would be an extra 3 days of rest and treatment). Start Miller or even James Jones in his place and let him get to full strength (or close to it) for the rest of the playoffs. And then, in the off season, they need to take a look at Wade’s knee. He had it repaired in the last off season and it’s still not right.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      as a Knick fan I disagree, I hope to face a broken down Heat team in the ECF.
      I hope the Bucks can at least win 3 straight games, go bucks!

      • guyaneserj - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Wouldn’t you want to beat the heat’s BEST?

    • omahakidw - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      I totally agree. Wade needs to be shut down until the semi-finals because of this.But the injuries……..:incredible” ! Westbrook, Rondo, David Lee, kenneth Farrid at one point, Kobe, Nash, Tony Parker at some point, who`s next? I thoiught the Heat would win, and they still might but without Wade it just got tougher. Noah and his foot issues in Chicago. This is to much !

      • gmsingh - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:32 AM

        Agreed. How is Kurt going to blame this on Tom Thibodeau?

  2. savvybynature - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Good thing ray Allen took less money to go to Miami and chase rings on Lebron’s coattails. In all honesty, the Heat could win the Finals without Way of Whine, er, I mean Wade, anyway, so it really doesn’t matter.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      drinking early in the morning and posting ridiculous comments
      like this and people will know you are a drunkard.
      now go and clean yourself up!

      • guyaneserj - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        ^^^^^ LOL.. So true!!

      • savvybynature - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Allen did take less money to team up with Lebron so he could get a ring.

        Lebron is undisputably the best player in the world right now, and the Heat are dominant because of him, not Wade. The Heat were a first round exit team before James went there. Bosh, Battier and Allen make a better roster than anything James ever had in Cleveland, and he still took Cleveland to the Finals. Plus he is much better himself now. It really isn’t inconceivable that if Wade disappeared tomorrow Miami could still win it all. In fact I bet they’d still be favored in Vegas.

        Facts: They aren’t for everyone.

  3. mhgator - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    This is from a bone bruise sustained a couple of weeks back, not anything to do with the surgery. I agree it may be best to let him sit, however, if history is any indication, Wade will come back with a monster effort in his next game.

    I also think he needs to keep this to himself. Why let opponents know what he is feeling?

  4. chillaxbro23 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    just another heat banwagoner or troll that thinks lebron could do it all by hisself disregard this foolary lebron came to wade’s team

  5. sun602 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Considering it feels like his knee hasn’t been full strength in 2 years, maybe this is his new normal strength.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      bad wheels, he better get used to it.

  6. realninerfan22 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Heat aren’t beating the knicks without d wade period! D wade on one leg last year in the finals. did way better the bron bron in 2011… Wades is a cleaner lbj isn’t… Just go ask tim glover what that is.. Lbj can’t lead a team to a title as the sole leader haha not mentally tough enough. No d wade no ring… Then we cud see lbj real colors. The greatest choak job to ever do it hahaha

  7. miamatt - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Love watching people shovel dirt on Wade. Time and again, he has answered the bell. Good luck praying that injuries to opponents saves your season, rival fans. It’s about the only shot you’ve got.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Derek Jeter shakes his head in derisive fashion with Wade even mentioning injuries.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    But this is why the bandwagon jumpers need to realize, they have a two year window. This year and next, because you better believe Wade AND Bosh are declining soon. Why stay there when you can go back to Cleveland or team up with Dwight and Wiggins in LA in two years?

    • soflasfinest - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      You’re an idiot. Period.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Well said

      • mydoghasfleez - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM


    • robones - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Are you trying to really be a moron or were you born that way? I’ll give you a pass if its the latter.

  10. brobrealistic - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    every single time wade has a poor shooting night his injuries come up,
    aint no lie that wade is one of the best , but he needs to be straight up an man up when he has a bad night, stop with the excuses

  11. llindy86 - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Every single season there is an excuse for Dwayne Wade and his poor play. Is he not allowed to just suck every now and then? This same exact thing happened during the Pacers series last year when he sucked and magically returned to form. It’s annoying as hell.

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Dwayne Wade…poor play…sucks???????

      You may not like some diva traits he has, but you show huge ignorance of basketball knowledge to describe his talent that way.

  12. clevelandschronic2 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Again this is why i love the idiots who say lebron will stay with the heat when he opts out in 2014. Wade is aging and his body is breakjng down. He has been injured slot in his career and its catching up to him. Bosh isnt a superstar so why would lebron stay for only him and a fragile dwade. There are other teams with better foundations already set up to win if lebron leaves miami. La,cleveland,chicago and other teams will have more to offer in terms of a younger more rounded team.

    Plus miami fans swallow. There isnt a worst fanbase cant even fill the arena with dwade and lebron there.

    • miamatt - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      That chronic must be suprisingly dank in cleveland.

      Even if we accept your speculation about Wade’s imminent drop off the proverbial table (which is still more hope than reality on your part) I’d still say it is more likely Irving leaves the cavs to play in Miami than the other way around. The way Gilbert runs that team is straight garbage.They literally can’t do anything right other than draft the consensus no. 1 pick when Cleveland wins the loterry.

      And your shot at the Miami fanbase is as classless as it is inaccurate.

  13. daddyb1gdrawz - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    @Clevelandchronic2-I would not put Cleveland in the category of teams laying a better foundation. They have a nice piece in Irving, but am not willing to say he is Derek Rose at this point. Should the Lakers keep Howard, they are better options. As a Heat fan, I accept the fact Bron may go back to Cleveland, especially if Miami wins back-back-back titles. There is not much more to accomplish. Or, and I am not sure anyone views this as an option, but maybe Bron recruits another superstar to play in Miami with he and Bosh. Just saying!! But as a Heat fan, I am just enjoying the ride. I am sure Pat Riley, Wade, Ray Allen all will retire within the next 3 years.

  14. clevelandschronic2 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I love these aholes who will call ppl idiots without stating their opinion or facts as to why im an idiot. Im sry that the truth (what i said earlier) hurts. Plenty of other teams with young stars or cap room will make a more rounded and better team, than a old max $ player on the decline(dwade) or an overpaid mediocre at best bosh. If miami keeps this team together explain to me how the heat can afford to fill out the roster especially with the luxury tax kicking in. So all you genius’ explain that to me if your so smart?

    “Dont Worry I’ll Wait”

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      You are trashing a team that, so far, has a good chance of winning their second straight NBA title, with a 27 game win streak as the playoffs approached. Where does that place the other 27 teams in the NBA? Compared to your logic capabilities, everyone else is a genius.

  15. cantonbound13 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Here come the excuses & whining. Diva Wade is in post season form.

  16. lakerluver - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Wade is such a diva. And they talk about Kobe wanting attention for his tweets! LeBron and Wade beg for attention more than any players in the league. Wearing their silly outfits to press conferences. Complaining about minor injuries. Just shut up and play, you wimp!!

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Look what happens when they DO play. Why should they “just shut up”?
      They can be divas & wear Honey Boo Boo outfits – their NBA acomplishments allow that.

  17. cwilson6843 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    If you guys hate LeBron so much then why do u care what he’s gonna do with his career. I mean yall hate him so much but yet you’re fascinated by every move he makes.. yall hate the heat so much but yet you’re on every heat blog??? Get a life

    • lakerluver - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      With all your whining you sound like Wade.

  18. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Love the Miami haters who HAVE to post on every Miami article. Will you keep it up by championship 4, 5, and 6?

    • lakerluver - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      If you really think they’re going to win more than three titles you must be high.

  19. cwilson6843 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    But hey they use to hate mj too. Yall will appreciate LeBron wen he’s gone

  20. cwilson6843 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    And Mr Wright are you LeBron’s agent? How u think u know where he’s gonna go?

  21. jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    lakerluver: ain’t no time to hate, and there ain’t much time left in the Lakers season. While I’m not a Lakers (or Los Angeles sports) fan, I hope they get back to their winning ways since that makes the league better. Kobe Bryant has been one of the world’s best basketball players for a long time, and any team he’s on has a chance. See how easy it is to show respect for a rival. If only it were that easy for Dwight Howard to make his free throws.

  22. cwilson6843 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Lakerluver u sound very upset…. is this because the only hope for your team not to be swept again got injured 2 weeks ago?

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