Dwayne Wade has played through various injuries during this shorted NBA season including a strained calf, a bruised left foot and other “maladies” according to the Miami Heat and while he has missed several games it’s his most recent injury that will keep him out of play this week.
Wade was injured in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 117-104 loss in Denver when he twisted his ankle while scrambling for a loose ball. Immediately following his injury Wade left the game and didn’t return.
After the game Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade’s x-rays were negative but that he would sit out of the teams next game. Spoelstra did not speculate on how long Wade would could be listed as injured.
“He’s up walking around … but we’re not going to put a timetable on when he’ll come back,” Spoelstra said. “Thankfully, he’s not in a cast or a boot. So we’ll see how he responds each day, and we’ll go from there.”
Wade told reporters after the Denver game that the pain was the worst he had ever felt from a sprain and admitted that his older age may have been a factor. Wade turns 30 on Tuesday.
In the meantime LeBron James has continued to lead the Heat. During his last two games he has averaged 32.5 points, 11 assists and 7.5 rebounds.
Speaking to ESPN James said
“I have to step it up even more offensively and defensively,” and “Revert back to some of the ways when I was back in Cleveland, when I, for the most part, had to be the number one option offensively. I had to — not say force — but just put a little more pressure on myself.”
In the meantime Mike Miller could step up in Wade’s place after coming off his own hernia surgery which was performed during the offseason.
Do you believe the Miami Heat can continue to win games with Dwayne Wade out of the equation for an undisclosed amount of time.