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Dwyane Wade out against Pacers

Apr 11, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT

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Dwyane Wade has played only one of the Heat’s last 11 games – against the Pacers on March 26.

When Miami and Indiana meet, it’s all hands on deck. Even when Frank Vogel announced the Pacers’ starters would sit against Milwaukee, he left no doubt they’d return for the Heat game tonight.

So, it’s telling Wade is out for the fourth matchup between the Eastern Conference favorites. (Yes, Indiana still qualifies.)

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Indiana (54-25) leads Miami (53-25) by a half game and holds a 2-1 edge in the season series. If the Pacers win tonight, they’re in excellent shape to secure the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage until the NBA Finals.

The Heat, surely, would prefer to hold that advantage for themselves. But if they can’t get Wade healthy, it doesn’t really matter. They’ll have a hard time threepeating without him.

So, if sitting Wade tonight makes it more likely he’s healthy for the playoffs, Miami will do it.

  1. cantonbound13 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Wuss. The Heat are still paying this bum?

    • spursareold - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      I think the question is: will DWayne Wade be able to walk at age 50?

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Walk or flop?

  2. 00maltliquor - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    What a….

    Out for the most important game of the regular season, not going to war with your teammates to get that 1st seed (not that they need him against the Pacers nowadays but still)…LeBron, do yourself a favor and just move on this offseason.

  3. prareedoggin - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Favorites? I don’t see how, won’t even get into that one. And whats more important? Wade playing this game that’s not all that important being that we won’t have home court in the finals whether we win out or not, or Wade getting healthier for the games that do matter (playoffs)? Rest him, get him better. He hurt his knee vs the rockets and pulled his hamstring his last game. Use your heads

  4. bpayton216 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I have to wonder if Lebron gets frustrated that he plays through injuries but Wade sits constantly…. $18.67 million smh. No way he opts out of his deal. Kind of a bummer to see him always out. He’s only 32.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Yeah, if I’m LBJ, I have a talk with Riley before I have a talk with Bosh/Wade about re-signing. Wade’s not worth his salary and needs to go if he opts out.

    • reesesteel23 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Its his knees man. Not his nose, not a sprained ankle. Its a knee problem he has been dealing with for like 6 years now.

      Where have you guys been? He could miss half the season for all I care, as long as he doesn’t end up like Brandon Roy.

      • bougin89 - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        At this point it’s not just his knees but clearly his knees are the main issue and more than likely are causing some of his other injuries(like hamstring, etc.).

        At this point in the season it’s not worth playing Wade. The Heat will need him in the playoffs.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      For Wade vs. the remainder of the Big 3, it becomes an issue of fairness.

      If Wade missing 20 games per season both due to “rest” (when he’s not injured) and injury recovery (when he is injured) is the “new norm” for him, and players with chronic knee issues generally don’t become more durable as they get older, Wade shouldn’t be paid as much as LeBron and Bosh.

      Wade is missing 1/4 of the season, and when he does play, his numbers are down across the board except for field goal percentage (due to him benefiting from the attention LeBron gets).

      Wade in this state is now the worst member of the Big 3, in addition to being the oldest. His next deal, assuming the Big 3 stay together, shouldn’t be as valuable as the ones LeBron and Bosh sign.

  5. kb2408 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM


    • sportsfan18 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Wade has played more than Kobe this year…

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Kobe has 5 rings. He’s played 18 years & never dogged it like Diva Wade.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        I’ve played more than Kobe this year, what’s your point?

  6. 25yearindyfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    A career of flopping in the lane where all of the traffic is has taken it’s toll on his body. He should’ve learned from Reggie Miller and only flopped out at the three point line.

  7. nycalldayz - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Wade’s injuries must be serious. For Wade to miss tonight’s game is a bit shocking.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Yeah, the injury was initially reported as a hamstring cramp, but for him to miss so much time, it’s clearly more serious, like a severe hamstring strain.

  8. savvybynature - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    How did this guy make the All-Star team when guys like Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowry and Tim Duncan were snubbed? Dude plays like once a week or something.
    Having uninformed fans voting for All Stars on social media is wack and the league needs to change it.

    • kinggw - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      You want to know why Wade made the all star team? Name the other guards in the East who have averaged 19/5/5 while shooting 55%.

      You can make the argument that Wade is becoming brittle. What you can’t do is deny that he is an all star caliber player whenever he steps on the floor. To say otherwise is truly an uninformed stance.

      • reesesteel23 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Case and Point

    • casualcommenter - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Dragic and Duncan play in the Western Conference, and Duncan said he didn’t want to participate in All-Star games any more (“I’m too old”), so the issue for those guys is that one flat out didn’t want to go, and the other was stuck playing in a conference with a ton of elite guards (Western conference).

      Lowry IMO should have made it in the Eastern Conference, but while Wade is definitely having a down season, I think his season has been better than Joe Johnson’s (though not by much). So I would’ve kept Wade and put Lowry ahead of Johnson.

  9. dablakdrphil - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    If Miami smart just rest Wade until the playoffs begin. The #1 Seed is not as important to Miami…As we’ve seen the last 3 years they can win on the road in big games of the playoffs. Resting Wade seems logical and you will need D. Wade or the Heat will not 3peat

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