MIAMI HEAT’S MANAGEMENT IS UNSURE ABOUT WHEN THEIR STAR GUARD WILL RETURN
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:07 PM EST
The Miami Heat aren’t secure how prolonged a twisted right ankle will sideline guard Dwyane Wade, but the team is preparing as if he will not be accessible for the start of this week’s pivotal homestand. Football odds
Wade was hurt in the 4th quarter of Friday’s 117-104 loss at Denver when he landed roughly and turned his ankle while chasing a loose ball. He immediately left the game and didn’t came back.
X-rays of the ankle were negative, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra claimed he would not speculate as to how extended Wade, the Heat’s second-leading scorer, might be out of play. Football spreads
“He’s up walking surrounding, but we’re not going to put a schedule on when he’ll come back,” Spoelstra said. “Thankfully, he isn’t in a cast or a boot. So we’ll see how he replies everyday and we’ll go from there.”
Wade was receiving medication for many sicknesses during practice as the Heat prepared for home game versus San Antonio. Wade, already dealing with a strained calf, missed three sequential games last week with a wounded left foot – a stretch when the team went 3-0. Miami has since then lost three games in a row to end its contemporary five-game trip.
Wade announced in Denver he had in no way experienced discomfort from a twist as severely as what he felt Friday. He also made light of his contemporary rash of injuries being a signal that he’s getting older. Wade turns 30 on Tuesday.
Among the earlier season adversity, Wade’s squad are preparing as if he most likely won’t be in the lineup against the
Spurs and possibly longer.
“We’re going to need to do what we should do to keep things going,” Heat forward Chris Bosh related. “We’re still expected to win games. It is not the 1st time he’s been injured. Everybody has been hurt before. We just have to deal with it.
Things have hit us early, so we shall see where our brains are at going forward.”
The Heat adjusted relatively well the last time Wade was on the mend. Miami opened the five-game trip last week with a triple-overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks without both Wade and LeBron James, who was nursing an ankle injury.
The Heat then followed with a win at New Jersey before losing to Golden State, the L. A. Clippers and Denver.
James averaged 32.5 points, eleven assists and 7.5 rebounds during the 2 games he played while Wade was wounded last week. James recognized that he changes his approach in games when Wade is not available. That has led on to some criticism , such as when James did not attempt a shot in quarter four after Wade returned for last Wednesday’s overtime defeat at Golden State.
“I have to step it up even more offensively and defensively,” James said. “Revert back to a few of the ways when I was back in Cleveland, when I, for the most part, had to be the number one choice offensively. I had to – not say push – but just put a touch more pressure on me.”
James said he does not deliberately “dial it back” when he’s playing with Wade. Instead, it’s a matter of making use of all of his choices as a facilitator and playmaker.
“You don’t have to push as much,” James said. “You do not need to worry if I don’t get 30 (points a night), do we continue to give ourselves a good chance to win? With D-Wade being out, I have to be in a position to do a touch more offensively.”
Wade’s potential absence could lead the way for swingman Mike Miller to make his season debut after getting over offseason hernia surgical treatment. Miller went through scrimmage drills at the end of Sunday’s practice and claimed he is prepared to play. The Heat have another practice booked for Monday before they open a stretch in which they’re going to play eight of their next nine games at home.
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