Update: Friday, April 13 at 7:10 p.m. ET
Dwyane Wade will take a seat for Friday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN.com.
There's nothing serious going on. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he's sitting both Wade and Mike Miller as part of a "maintenance program" to help them recover from nagging injuries. Not surprisingly, Spoelstra says he wants to make sure the two of them are healthy heading into the playoffs.
Holding Wade and Miller out against the Bobcats is not a bad idea. Charlotte has won just seven games all season.
Update: Tuesday, April 10 at 5:36 p.m. ET
It appears as if Dwayne Wade will be back in time to face the Boston Celtics. The Associated Press' Tim Reynolds tweeted out the news.
Spo: Dwyane Wade will play. (Please don't act surprised.) Celtics-Heat, tipoff at 7.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 10, 2012
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 10 at 2:05 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Dwyane Wade participated in shootaround earlier today, according to NBC Sports' Ethan J. Skolnick, which means it is all but guaranteed that Wade will play tonight vs. Celtics as expected.
Everyone participated in shootaround for Heat. Wade went through all of it.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 10, 2012
UPDATE: Monday, April 9 at 2:06 p.m. ET
Dwyane Wade received one game off to rest his ankle, but is expected to play tomorrow night against the Boston Celtics, according to Boston Globe's Gary Washburn
Dwyane Wade said he'll play tomorrow vs. #celtics— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) April 9, 2012
UPDATE: Monday, April 9 at 1:40 p.m. ET
After missing last night's game, Dwyane Wade is already back at practice. Still, there is no guarantee he will be on the court tomorrow night, according to Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.
UPDATE: Monday, April 9 at 9:17 a.m. ET
The ankle injury that forced Wade to miss Sunday's contest against the Pistons is only considered minor, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
"With Dwyane Wade sitting out Sunday’s game for the second time in a week with a superficial injury -- this time it was a minor ankle issue, though mostly it appears the Heat are just prudently looking for chances to get him some rest -- James had 26 points on 12-of-22 shooting."
The Sun-Sentinel's Heat beat writer Ira Winderman reports that coach Erik Spoelstra believes the injury came after a dunk attempt in that very game:
Spoelstra said Wade hurt the ankle on a Friday dunk attempt. He said Mike Miller will be in uniform tonight.—Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) April 8, 2012
The Heat currently stand at 38-15, which gives them the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. The closest team behind them is the Indiana Pacers, who sit eight-and-a-half games behind. The team would love to fight for the top spot with the Chicago Bulls, but they obviously aren't too concerned with losing their footing at the second spot.
Should the Heat rest Wade until he is 100 percent?
Also, Miami likely isn't too worried about its opponent in the Pistons, who are 21-34 this season. The two teams have played each other twice already, with the Heat walking away with wins in both.
Wade didn't play in the first game, which the Heat won by just three. He was active the second time around, as they trumped Detroit 88-73.
Miami really has nothing to lose in sitting the former NBA Finals MVP, especially if the injury isn't serious. The Heat should be more focused on their upcoming playoff run, so giving stars like Wade some extra rest to fully rejuvenate is the smart move.