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Dwyane Wade a game-time decision for Game 5 vs. Bulls

May 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:55 p.m. ET: Wade told reporters before the game that he will play in Game 5. It’s worth monitoring his minutes and his usage to see just how much he’s able to give while playing with the lingering injury.

12:30 p.m. ET:Dwyane Wade participated in shootaround for the Heat Wednesday morning, but is listed as a game-time decision for Game 5 against the Bulls.

Wade is suffering through a knee injury, which was reaggravated during Miami’s Game 4 win in Chicago on Monday.

“He had a very good day [Tuesday] and a good shootaround,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said, via ESPN.com. “We’ll evaluate him before the game and go from there.”

If Wade is medically cleared to play, Spoelstra will let him do so without restrictions.

“If he’s able to go, there’s no excuses and he’ll give us everything he’s got,” Spoelstra said. “He’ll help us on both sides of the court. He’s one of the best two-way players in this game. He’s been making an impact regardless of what people think about that last column in the box score.”

That last part is Spoelstra continuing to defend Wade in the face of criticism that he simply isn’t performing at the level we’ve come to expect, and that his sub-par level of activity might not be enough for the Heat to reach their ultimate goal of repeating as champions.

The answer might be to sit Wade in Game 5 to give his knee some extra time to rest, just as Miami did in the series-clinching game of its first round series against the Bucks. But it’s a little trickier with this Bulls team considering the fight they’ve shown at times in this series, and the Heat will likely have anywhere from four to six days to prepare for the Eastern Conference finals if they can close out Chicago on Wednesday.

  1. cantonbound13 - May 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Why bother playing him? Makes no sense.

  2. fanofthegame79 - May 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I agree canton – I say sit him and let him get some rest. The Heat should be able to close out the Bulls tonight without him. And IF the Knicks can win their game at home, it will give Wade that much more time to rest and get treatment before the ECF’s.

  3. miamatt - May 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    While the Heat likely could close out the Bulls without Wade, at this point I don’t know how much difference an extra two days rest will make for him.

    It’s not a structural injury, and it isn’t at risk for being hurt worse by Wade playing. If the rest he got at the end of the regular season and after the Bucks series wasn’t enough, I don’t know that there will be much improvement in Wade’s condition this postseason. He just has to continue to play through and find ways to help the Heat win- even if that means being an aggressive decoy. Maybe Bosh and Wade can work off each other when James sits.

  4. mazblast - May 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Much as I hate to say it, the Heat don’t really need Wade for this game. Let Dyane rest.

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