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Dwyane Wade returns to Heat lineup after missing last nine games

Apr 12, 2014, 8:30 PM EST

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade rouses the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Chicago Bulls in Miami Reuters

The Heat moved into first place in the Eastern Conference after Friday’s win over the Pacers, but the lead is just a half-game with three games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Miami has gone just 2-3 over its last five games, however, and all of those have come with Dwyane Wade (and occasionally others) sidelined due to injury.

Wade has missed his team’s last nine games overall, with a hamstring injury that was more serious than expected. With the playoffs about a week away, he was apparently feeling well enough on Saturday to be reinserted into the lineup.

From Michael Wallace of ESPN.com:

Wade was cleared by the team’s training staff after completing an extensive workout on the Philips Arena court about two hours before the start of the Heat’s game against Atlanta. Wade, who has been out since March 26 with a strained left hamstring, had also gone through three strenuous workouts throughout the day on Friday before the Heat’s 98-86 home win against Indiana.

“I’m going to give it a go today,” Wade said shortly before Saturday’s game. “That’s the plan. The first thing was to get comfortable with it. You never know how severe it is until you try to strengthen it. Now, it’s just about getting comfortable and pushing it to see where you’re at.”

Wade has missed 28 games for the Heat this season, but most of that was due to knee issues or a strained Achilles. And even so, Miami finds itself on the verge of locking up home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs — a reminder of just how dangerous the Heat remain, especially with a healthy Wade back in the lineup.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I must admit I rather talk about LeBron 24/7 than seeing the Knicks win a championship.

  2. cantonb0und13 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I only watch basketball to watch LeBron, without LeBron I won’t watch basketball because without LeBron what’s the point watching? #loveyouLeBron

    -canton

  3. cantonbound13 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Flop 7 times get up 8.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      It’s ok man. Let it all out.

  4. cantonb0und13 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I ruined PBT. Sorry guys. I just can’t help it I have a man crush for LeBron, just like how Skip Bayless has a man crush for Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel.

  5. cantonb0und13 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    The Knicks just got eliminated from going to the playoffs. But I’m here talking about the Heat… Am I still a true Knicks fan? I must admit I could careless because I only care about the Heat.

  6. antistratfordian - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Wade returning meant the Heat were bound to struggle – as they seem to do in his first game back.

    • davidly - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Atlanta was extra motivated not to have to play them in the first round, as will Washington be. These two matchups coming when they do officially qualifies as irony.

  7. lj312chicago - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Stop making excuses. That’s LeQueen’s job.

  8. rodge1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    @lj312chicago
    What will be D-Rose’s excuse when he’s cleared to play and he hides in the locker room again during the playoffs?

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:42 AM

      Your team (until the Spurs win it this year) is only 11-12 in their last 23 games. Not exactly championship material. You’ll be gone from this site by June 1, guaranteed. Better grab your new screen name before another bandwagon fan grabs it. Spursfan1 is still available.

  9. rodge1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    @cantonbound13
    How are the Knicks doing today?… Nothing for another 3+ years….

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    He still has time to sit out and rest before the playoffs.

  11. lj312chicago - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Drose has no knees no body is pretending he does. Cute comment though from a bandwagon heat fan who will probably ditch the heat the second Lebron does

  12. rodge1 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    @lj312chicago

    LMAO!!!!… The truth hurts doesn’t it?… And how convenient of you to go with the ‘bandwagon fan’ comment. 3 years ago you were saying the Bulls were better, and tonight you’re still trolling Heat articles because your star player is afraid to play!. LMAO!!!!!

  13. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Time to give LeBron some rest. 1-seed doesn’t matter as much as it did before and LeBron looks tired after some of these scoring outbursts. He’s carrying an enormous load this season with Wade missing so much time; bringing the ball up, guarding the best wing scorers, driving relentlessly on offense, and bailing the team out at the end of the shotclock. Rest him.

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