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After missing two games, Dwyane Wade likely back on court Saturday

Nov 21, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

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The Miami Heat are big on preventative maintenance with Dwyane Wade’s knees this season — he sat out the second game of the season. He also sat out the last two (both Heat wins).

But he is expected back Saturday, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

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That will mean six days off between games for Wade. Expect him to be in and out of the lineup like this all season as Miami knows they need Wade healthy come the playoffs, something he ha s not been completely the past couple of years.

Wade has the best +/- on the Heat at +17.5 per 48 minutes this season (via NBA.com).

  1. simonwelds - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Spurs been doing this for years… Good move Miami

    • antistratfordian - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      Not exactly. What the Spurs do is rest healthy players (even young ones) for superstitious and/or misguided reasons. Wade is missing time because his knee is sore. If he was healthy he’d be playing. The last thing the Heat need to do is copy the Spurs method, which only leads to playoff breakdowns.

      • bougin89 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        “Now Wade is lighter and healthier”

        You’re confusing.

  2. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    People said Duncan and Kobe were dpne when they hit their 30′s too. Last year, Duncan had a helluva playoff run and Kobe almost led the league in scoring. Dwade will be fine.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Those players also enjoyed better health in their 20s than Wade did.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:46 AM

        Well don’t forget that Kobe missed 65 games between age 21 and 26. He had 4 different seasons in that span where he only played 60-some games out of 82. So over his first 10 seasons he only played in 89% of all his possible games – that’s not too far off from Wade’s 83%. Mamba has always been snakebitten with injury.

        Duncan played in 95% of all possible games in his first 10 seasons – he’s up there with LeBron (95%).

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Wade missed 95 games between 22 and 26. In other words, he missed 30 more games despite playing one season less.

      • redbaronx - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        @asimonetti – You were right essentially. antistratfordian puts up bogus stats and statements all the time becuase he just looks at stats and “games played”. Kobe may have missed games early in his career, but due to minor injuries like twisted ankles and a hand injury. Nothing as serious as Wade’s issues.

  3. miamatt - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Great to see that not only is Spoelstra being proactive with this, but that Dwayne Wade is allowing that to happen. The Heat have the depth to win plenty of regular season games without him. The other boon is just playing the Big 3 less minutes. If I’m not mistaken, Lebron James has played 4 4th quarter minutes total the past 3 games, while Bosh and Wade haven’t played any. The 4th quarter Cole-Allen-Beasley-Lewis-Birdman lineup has been not only keeping leads but extending them. Keeping legs fresh for April-June is priority no. 1 for Miami.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      That “4th quarter lineup” is playing well for some good reasons. Cole worked hard over the summer and it shows. Beasley v. 2 is playing respectable D and is seems more efficient offensively than v. 1 (TIA to anyone who can clarify that with stats). Lewis dropped some weight over the summer and is playing better because of it. And after them, there’s James Jones, who started the other night and did well, and Roger Mason Jr. The depth is just amazing. Two guys’ knees are the big remaining question marks, and it’s way early to judge anything there.

  4. onlyavoice - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Obviously More Than The Reported Bone Bruise.

  5. zoomy123 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Miami has cultivated one of the best culture’s of winning in the NBA. When the reserves are called to put in work in the 4th quarter they don’t just maintain leads, they extend them. Take your time D-Wade.

  6. belleby123 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    His flopping has been missed.

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