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Dwyane Wade to miss Trail Blazers game with ankle injury he suffered last week

Mar 24, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade, Kris Humphries, Avery Bradley, Udonis Haslem

Dwyane Wade played Wednesday in Boston, but dealing with a bloody nose and lingering knee issues, he said he never felt comfortable.

Two days later, he played 33 minutes against the Grizzlies. Then, he sat out the second game of a back-to-back the following night.

Somewhere along the way, an ankle injury suffered against the Celtics got worse.

Tom Haberstroh of ESPN:

The Heat’s title chances hinge on, maybe more than any other factor, Wade’s health. He and they have been patient all season, and it would be a shame if those plans unraveled so late.

LeBron James can certainly carry the Heat over the Trail Blazers. He’s averaging 35.8 points per game Wade has missed since the calendar flipped to 2014, and though Saturday against the Pelicans was his lowest-scoring of the 10 contest, he still nearly had a triple-double with nine assists and eight rebounds.

But the Heat need to jell together more than they need wins. For that to happen, Wade and LeBron must get on the court together. Their chemistry is fine, but for their teammates to click in new roles as Erik Spoelstra tinkers with the rotation, meshing with those two is required.

It’s difficult to tell which injuries are serious on a team like the Heat at this point. They’re overly precautionary, so minor injuries get treated the same as significant ones – at least by outside appearance.

Hopefully, this is the former.

  1. casualcommenter - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Dunno. It seems like the Heat have used every excuse possible to give Wade some rest for most of this season, including one time listing him as “DNP-Rest”.

    So I don’t think them citing an “old” ankle injury is a sign that injury has gotten worse so much as a sign that they wanted to rest wade, and the ankle injury is a convenient excuse.

    • heat256 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      I kinda liked it when Pop held out Duncan and the reason was “DNP-old”.

  2. prareedoggin - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    He hurt his knee a cpl games back (rockets or bulls). I instantly saw it and he grabbed his knee in pain. Every game since he has played poorly or missed. Definite set back

  3. loyalraven - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Is there a time when Dwade isn’t hurt?

  4. lj312chicago - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Excuse number 134,345 by LeBron when they lose to Portland…Dwade didn’t play we need to get healthy……

  5. cantonbound13 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    If Dwhine Wade was a horse he’d have been shot already.

  6. progress2011 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    In order to keep LBJ and Bosh…D-Wade will have to take a significant salary cut next year, when LBJ and Bosh can opt out.

    For that matter, Bosh should also take a pay cut (not as large as the one Wade should take)…to remain on a championship caliber team and allow the team to bring in some additional pieces.

    Like a true point guard!

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