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As expected, Dwyane Wade is a go for Game 1 vs. Pacers

May 22, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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Not that there was any real question after he played in Game 5 against the Bulls then had a week off to rest his bruised knee but now it is official:

Dwyane Wade will play for the Heat in Game 1 against the Pacers Wednesday night. So reports Tim Reynolds of the AP and the rest of media at Heat shootaround, where wade went through drills.

Wade is key for Miami in this series (along with Chris Bosh) — Indiana’s defense is going to make life difficult for LeBron James (as much as any defense can right now), which means Wade needs to step up and take advantage of his matchups. He likely will have Lance Stephenson on him a lot of the time, and Wade can abuse him (or other smaller Pacer defenders) in the post. Wade is going to have a lot of defensive responsibilities off switches as well. He has to hold up fairly well.

That said, he has held up so far this playoffs and is now coming off a week’s rest. Don’t think we need to worry about him.

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