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Chris Bosh says Dwyane Wade’s sore knee isn’t anything to be concerned about

May 1, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade was not right physically during the Heat’s first round sweep of the Bucks. He struggled through a 1-of-12 shooting performance while playing 36 minutes in Game 3, but still was effective in other areas, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out 11 assists, and coming up with five steals.

Wade has been limited by a sore right knee, and with a 3-0 series lead, Miami saw no need to roll him out there for Game 4. He’s expected to be ready for the second round of the playoffs, when the Heat will open at home on Monday May 6 against either the Nets or the Bulls.

But should we be concerned that Wade might be dealing with this issue deep into the playoffs, and that Miami may be at less than full strength because of it? Chris Bosh says no.

From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

“I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about,’’ Bosh said. “I think we’ve been in positions like this before. We’re very comfortable playing with making sure he’s getting where he needs to be, to be as close to 100 percent. We just have to keep playing. And he has to get healthy.’’

Wade was second on the team in scoring, and averaged 21.2 points in 31.7 minutes per game during the regular season. In the three first round playoff games against Milwaukee in which he appeared, Wade averaged just 13.7 points per game.

It’s not all about scoring, obviously, and Wade proved he could contribute in other ways, even when his knee prevented him from being able to shoot at the comfort level he has for most of the season.

Bosh is right, in that he and the rest of the Heat don’t have much to be concerned about, considering we’re talking about a team that has won 41 of its last 43 games. But as Miami advances deeper into the playoffs, they are going to need everyone as healthy as possible — which is why the situation with Wade is, at the very least, something to watch.

  1. gotampabay52 - May 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Go Heat rest Wade

  2. cantonbound13 - May 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    He’s a drama queen. If he needed a wheel chair for a shoulder injury, what’s he going to ask for when his knee gives out? A stretcher?

    • alexis8986 - May 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      yea a drama queen with 2 championships and about to add a third

    • jt1138 - May 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      You really wanna make a comment on a Heat article, cantonbound?

      Haven’t you been embarrassed enough already?

    • gmsingh - May 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      LOL–even off the court Wade looks like he’s flopping.

  3. melkipershero - May 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Wade wasn’t right during last years run either. As long as Lebron is healthy the Heat will be fine.

    On other note, not sure how much longer DWade has as far as being a top SG.

  4. miamatt - May 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Right you are, star prince.

  5. eugenesaxe - May 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Why worry, when leb is still there?

  6. supremekingz - May 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    That team is more than fine without him for a short while

  7. livingsacrifice86 - May 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    With Chris Bosh suddenly turning into a decent role player who doesn’t rebound, instead of an all-star, I say this is absolutely a problem if Wade isn’t giving the Heat his usual production. Especially when they see the Bulls or Knicks. If he is not 100%, the Heat are vulnerable

    • heat256 - May 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Bosh didn’t “suddenly” become a role player. He took on that role out of sacrifice for the team. He can take on a greater scoring role when needed, but he’s totally ok with doing whatever is asked of him. Should he rebound more? Yes, but as it has been seen, their rebound disparity is not as great as others make it out to be. Wade is a player that needs to pace himself at this point in his career, and is still dangerous when he picks his spots. Wade is still way more efficient than most players in the NBA, especially just about every one on the Knicks or Bulls. The Heat’s depth is why I think they will ultimately outlast either one of those teams, even if the series is tighter than most expect.

  8. realninerfan22 - May 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    D wade is a great b ball player period! Without him lbj wud still be tryna get 1

  9. savvybynature - May 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Heat could win it all without him, and I’m not even a Heat fan. Ray Allen, Bosh, Battier and Co. are more than enough of a supporting cast for the best player in the league.

    The only team that would really give them trouble would be Memphis imo, and it remains to be seen if the Grizz can make it out of the far tougher Western Conference.

  10. jimmymarlinsfan - May 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    It must sadden other teams that we can lose our 2nd best player and still crush the opposition

  11. kavika6 - May 2, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    When did Chris Bosh find the time to go to medical school?

    When your “opposition” is three games under .500 you shouldn’t be bragging so much. Even the depleted Lakers wouldn’t have had a problem with Milwaukee.

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