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Wade unsure if he can go in All-Star Game due to foot injury

Feb 13, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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For the 15th time this season, Dwyane Wade sat out a Heat game on Wednesday.

That’s not really a surprise. A lot of those were to rest his knees, part of the Heat’s maintenance program, but on Wednesday night it was what he called a “bizarre” left foot injury.

One that could keep him out of the All-Star Game Sunday night in New Orleans.

Fans voted Wade in as a starter in the East, now he essentially says he is day-to-day, something he told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The 10-time All-Star said he had numbness in his left leg in warm-ups before the game after “the nerve kind of shut down” and kept him from having feeling in his left foot. Wade said his injury was “drop foot,” also known as foot drop, which causes an inability to lift the front part of the foot.

“It’s one of the most bizarre things…,” Wade said. “Hopefully, the numbness wears off more and more as it started to do throughout the game and throughout the rest of the night. By [Thursday] hopefully it subsides and we will go from there.”

“First I want this to calm down a little bit and get back to feeling regular and I will go from there,” Wade said. “… We will see. I’m not optimistic. I’m not pessimistic. I just want to get better.”

If Wade cannot go Sunday the league office would pick his replacement for the Eastern Conference team. That likely would be either Kyle Lowry or Lance Stephenson (I would say Lowry deserves it more right now).

However, it is coach Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) who would get to decide who would step into Wade’s starting role. If he wants another backcourt player he could go with DeMar DeRozan or Joe Johnson. However, the front line of the East is small and are essentially small/power forwards (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George) so Vogel could go big with Chris Bosh or his own guy Roy Hibbert to provide some size.

  1. sportsfan18 - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    I’ll diagnose it for him…

    It’s the “bizarre” I don’t want to play in the All Star game foot injury…

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      NBA superstars around the country let out a sigh of relief. No one’s face will be broken in half in this year’s All-Star Game.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Touche!

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    It’s called made of glass gronk syndrome

  3. tardyman - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Afflalo, Stephenson or Lowry as replacement? Who ya guys got?

    • irvfin3 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      I think Stephenson most likely might get it because of his rebs asts and pts and defense.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I’d probably go with Stephenson because the East only has two true contenders (Pacers and Heat), so I think those teams deserve to earn a huge chunk of the All-Star spots.

      Though, I wish Kyle Lowry had made it instead of Joe Johnson, who is having a down year overall despite hitting a few clutch game winners.

  4. billtetley53 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Aww, Vanessa Monetti, you still upset Wade hurt your man? Quit your crying littlee girl, youre about as bad as that b***h, musician.

    You both have a long way to go tocatch up to kb2408. That young lady is not very smart, and she proves it on here daily

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      http://www.angermanagementonline.com/

  5. 1forest1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Lowry!

  6. cantonbound13 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Diva

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      D. Wade has nothing on Kobe and Melo as far as being divas is concerned…

  7. fanofthegame79 - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    The guy’s body is breaking down before our very eyes…. Sad.

  8. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I’m a HUGE D-Wade fan, but by the way its looking, this next contract is gonna be his last ride…if its gonna be like this, he will have to be the third option behind bosh and james..IF they all come back..sad watching #FLASH lose his super powers…

    • casualcommenter - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Wade’s numbers are still pretty good, especially when it comes to efficiency, but you’re right that he’s not the same player. He became famous for his ability to split double teams as a ballhandler on pick and rolls and finish with explosion at the rim, but nowadays, he settles for long jumpers and only gets to the rim in the halfcourt offense when making cuts off the ball. He doesn’t blow-by defenders when handling the ball.

      In two years, he’s gone from “Flash” to a guy who has to choose his spots and have teammates help get him good looks since he can’t really create them on his own on a consistent basis anymore. Not a Heat fan, but it’s a bit sad to watch.

  9. erking1991 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Sit down and give someone who actually deserves it the chance, like kyle lowry.

  10. money2long - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    “wade couldn’t last in the 80s nba era”

  11. billtetley53 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Vanessa, who’s angry? I just gey sick of you defending kobe like you sleep with himbor hes a family member.

    If he means that much to you and its not one of the above things, you have many issues to sort through.

  12. lenbias34pt - Feb 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    As a huge Wade hater , I have to say I would have a significant amount of more amo if this nit wit plays in the All Star game.

    Unless someone else stops him, I’m sure he’ll lace ‘m up

  13. campcouch - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Play or don’t play. If you’re hurt then take the time off to heal. You’ll still get your All-Star selection bonus. The game is in 3 days,let the league know so they can fill your roster slot.

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