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Dwyane Wade sitting out Bobcats game

Mar 3, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade hasn’t played more than six straight games in 2014, and that won’t change tonight.

Wade has played in each of Miami’s last six contests, averaging 21.4 points on 62 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. If the Heat get this Wade in the playoffs, they’ll likely be celebrating their third straight championship this June.

But, in March, they’re not pressing their luck.

The Heat have remained strong without Wade this season (offensive rating: 110.1/defensive rating: 103.4/net rating: +6.8).

However, the lineup with Douglas and the other starters (111.6/114.4/-2.7) has struggled in 25 minutes. One, that’s a small sample. Two, I don’t think Erik Spoelstra cares. He’s starting Douglas over Ray Allen to preserve everyone else’s spot in the rotation – the spots they’ll hold when Wade returns.

The Heat are going full steam ahead planning to have Wade when it counts, and decisions like tonight’s are why they believe that will happen.

  1. houston1193 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Getting rest for the game in Houston tomorrow. That’s going to be a VERY good game.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Agreed, and while the Bobcats are improved this year, that’s the game the Heat will need Wade for.

      • houston1193 - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Yeah, no harm meant to Charlotte. I know the feeling of the newest team in the league trying to make a name for themselves. It took the texans 10 seasons to make the playoffs in the NFL. Charlotte’s time will come soon.

    • chicagosports2014 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:49 AM

      d wade wit hiz olé uncle, head azz!

  2. miamatt - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    The Heat have really taken a page out of San Antonio’s book on this one.

    Wade’s health in the playoffs is more important than any regular season game, and more important even than having home court advantage over Indiana or anybody else.

    Wade and the Heat will be judged by what happens in May and June, and they are wise to not be a victim of the moment.

    • bougin89 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Don’t tell that to Anti. He claims the Heat are “above resting healthy players” and always chastises the Spurs for doing that.

      As for your comment below:

      “Wade’s health in the playoffs is more important than any regular season game, and more important even than having home court advantage over Indiana or anybody else.

      Wade and the Heat will be judged by what happens in May and June, and they are wise to not be a victim of the moment.”

      I couldn’t agree more.

  3. cantonbound13 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    No way this guy gets max money next season. He should give back half his salary this season.

    • miamatt - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Guess he’ll just have to troll up his sleeves and get to work…

    • leahcima1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Remember this after the playoffs are over Mr.Cantonbound. There is a proverb about counting your chickens before they hatch. Maybe you should wait before you open your mouth. It will be less embarrassing for you.

  4. rodge1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    @cantonbound13

    Wow the world must be coming to an end, I actually kind of agree with you… I love Wade but for the Heat roster’s sake he better take a pay cut next season, not like Kobe.

    • leahcima1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Heat players and management have a funny thing going. They do what is best for their team, on and off the court. It will all be figured out by basketball minds not my dear friend Mr. Cantonbound.

  5. sportsnut101 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Hes not opting out of 40 mill over 2yrs unless its to get 5 yr deal at 13 per
    Why would bosh n him opt out just doesnt make sense
    Unless bosh leaves for la la land but it still giving up 20 mil tax free state to go to highest taxed state no way

  6. campcouch - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    it’s those tight pants that keep his knees from exploding

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