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Dwyane Wade reveals unsettling detail about his knee injury

May 14, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

Midway through the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Bulls, Dwyane Wade reaggravated an injury to his right knee that he’s been struggling to deal with all season long.

We’ve seen the severity of the injury manifest itself in Wade’s game-to-game performances. He’s simply not been the explosive All-Star capable of consistently dominating for stretches offensively that we’re used to seeing.

Because of last night’s knee bump with Jimmy Butler and the subsequent treatment on the bench Wade required to return to the game, it gave reporters a chance to ask about the bandage on the knee that was revealed due to the trainer having to adjust it.

The unsettling details, from Brian Windhorst of

“This was just the first time you’ve seen it, other times I’ve been able to not show you,” Wade said after the game before revealing a rather gnarly detail about the bandage that certainly helps explain his troubles in the postseason.

“I’m taping it. When you have a [bone] bruise, you try to move the kneecap over so it won’t rub. When you get into game sweat you have to re-tape it a bit.”

Moving the kneecap over, even if that’s just athlete/trainer jargon, is not a reassuring revelation.

Wade’s numbers are way down this postseason — in part because Miami is cruising, but also due to the limitations of the knee injury.

During the Heat’s run to the championship a season ago, in 23 total playoff games, Wade averaged 22.8 points on 18.5 shots in 39.4 minutes per contest. Through seven games in these playoffs, Wade is averaging just 12.3 points on 11.7 shots in 32.4 minutes a night.

Again, part of this is due to the fact that against the Bucks and the Bulls, Wade’s services are not needed. Miami would have won each of those series with Wade on the sidelines, and in fact, they did rest him for the Game 4 series-clinching win over Milwaukee in the first round.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Heat take similar precautions with Wade  the rest of the way against the Bulls, in order to give him an extended rest before the Conference finals begin. Because whether against the Pacers or Knicks in the next round or in the NBA Finals, at some point the Heat are going to need a bigger contribution from Wade to reach their ultimate goal of repeating as champions.

  1. rodge1 - May 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    “Because of last night’s knee bump with Jimmy Butler ”

    If the roles were reversed all of the haters would be calling that a dirty play by Wade. Watch the tape.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      And they’d be irrational to say so – it was a clean defensive sequence by Butler.

      Butler squatted into his defensive stance as Wade made a post-move, which led to the two of them banging knees. Nothing malicious on either side.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Abso-freaking-lutely! I want to be clear that I don’t think he even meant to shove his knee directly into the side of Wade’s. And I know he wasn’t trying to hurt him. He was just taking a good aggressive defensive position. No problem with Butler at all.

      But can you imagine if Rose came back, and Wade played D on him in the exact same manner that Butler played it on him; Wade would have been killed before he could have left the building, and the ONLY story today would be that Wade is a dirty player and intentionally went after Rose’s knee.

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Wade doesn’t do that. He elbows guys in the nose, trying to break it, he kicks guys in the balls & blames it on momentum, he trips guys that blow bye him and dislocates their elbows. You know the true Diva Wade. He doesn’t inadvertently knee guys in the knee.

  2. senorpapino - May 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    As dominant as LeBron has been so far, Wade has to be performing better for this team to ultimately win a championship. They have owned a less talented Bucks and injury demolished Bulls, but the next round will not be the same. It was both Wade and James having monster performances in games 4-6 against the Pacers to come back from the 2-1 deficit last year. If they face Indy again, it could be a difference story if Wade continues to average ~12 points a game.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      True, though having Bosh (who was injured mid-way through game 1 of that Pacers series last year and missed the rest of it) will help a lot if the Heat face the Pacers in the ECF.

  3. eventhorizon04 - May 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Wade says he’s had multiple MRIs confirm there are no structural problems with his knee, and the bone bruises will take months to heal, so it’s something he’ll play through for the rest of the Heat’s playoff run.

  4. mazblast - May 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I have little doubt that some of this is a legitimate injury–and some of it is lookatmelookatmelookatme drama queen theatrics.

    Face it, Dyane. This isn’t your team anymore, and you’re not the player you once were, so just accept it and enjoy the ride to another title.

  5. mavajo - May 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Obviously the Heat are better with Wade in there; but I’m not convinced he’s critical to their championship hopes. LeBron is just a monster right now, Bosh is excellent, and the team has an endless supply of good role players. Even without Wade, I think the Heat are still clearly the best team in the NBA.

    With Wade, it’s an absolute lock. But even without him, they’re still the overwhelming favorites.

    • yamako34 - May 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Completely agree. From this point, anything Spo can get from Wade in playoffs will be considered a bonus.

      The repeat will continue to be on Lebron’s shoulders. Ray Allen and Mike Miller off the bench can make up for Wade’s scoring and rebounding. Bosh is balling right now. Can he stay hot?

      Heat are just too deep this year. I see them repeating even if Wade is out.

  6. jaydm84 - May 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    It sounds like the bruise is causing swelling in the knee and very little fluid (about 10 cc’s) can severely inhibit the function of your quad. The taping procedure he is referring too is call McConnell taping and the tape is applied from the outside of your knee to the inside. You can’t actually shift the knee cap because it is under the skin but the direction of the pull on the skin actually gives proprioceptive input to your muscle to improve recruitment of the quads (which are extremely important for jumping and landing). If you’ve ever bumped your knee hard you may notice you have difficulty putting weight on the leg because of the immediate swelling and you feel like it will collapse until you get some ice on it, a bone bruise is just far more severe.

    • allthewaylive1 - May 14, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Thanks jaydm84! It’s refreshing to get an intelligent explanation about Wade’s injury. You sound like an Ortho Doc…

      • jaydm84 - May 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        No problem. I have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. It’s a pretty common taping technique for both athletes and non athletes, pretty good literature to support it’s effectiveness too.

  7. teambringitstrong - May 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    The term ‘haters’ is so overused and missued today it’s pathetic. Because someone doesn’t like a particular person, player or whatever, they are labeled ‘haters’.
    DWade, much like James brought this on themselves and people need to get a handle on why that is and not rush to the afore mentioned players’ defense.

  8. money2long - May 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    if you can put yourself in the mind of lebron as he witnesses his partner in crime disintegrate (ily wade), where does he see himself summer of 2014 ? if lebron believes this is something wade can medically overcome, then the answer’s miami… cause the ONLY thing holding wade back is health. wade is still top 5 in the league when all is right.

    • melkipershero - May 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      The thing with Lebron in Miami is getting guys to come to Miami is easy. Cleveland is still a tough sell for anyone.

      • money2long - May 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        no one saw miami as lebron’s destination until late. i hear cleveland is the only place he’d seriously consider leaving south beach for, but we can’t be too sure. can you imagine lebron as houston’s power forward ?

  9. rodge1 - May 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM


    The term ‘hater’ is used to describe those pathetic few that hate on certain players for no reason other than their personal dislike for these players while conveniently ignoring the facts. Considering the amount of these ‘haters’ on every Heat article it is only appropriate to use the term whether you like it or not.

  10. jimmymarlinsfan - May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I’m as worried as Superman is when there is a non kryptonite villain. Only a matter of time before the Heat(superman) will win

  11. kavika6 - May 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Another reason why Popovich is the superior coach. While resting his players at the end of the season for the upcoming playoffs, Spo and the Heat were lusting after the record books and Wade didn’t get the rest he needed.

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