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The biggest concern for Miami is the health of multiple key pieces.
Dwyane Wade had to have his knee drained during the playoffs and subsequently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery during the offseason.
From the sounds of it, Wade’s status for the season opener against the Boston Celtics is questionable. He’s going to miss time in both training camp and the preseason as he slowly works his way back into shape.
I doubt the Heat would rush him at all in his return. Wade will turn 31 in January, and this is his second career surgery on his left knee.
Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley know the most important part of the regular season is to win the division and preserve everyone’s health in the process. Miami can easily do that with Wade missing the first few games of the regular season, so don’t be surprised if Wade sits out the first week or two.
Miller also was visibly going through incredible pain during the 2012 playoffs.
According to an interview with Dan Le Batard Friday, Miller says he’s feeling better than ever. He said this was the first offseason in his career where he couldn’t work hard because he was only resting and rehabbing. That rest has apparently paid off, as Miller said the only thing holding him back right now is his conditioning.
Like Wade, don’t be surprised if Miami gradually work Miller back into normal playing time, given the additions of sharpshooters Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis in the offseason.
Although he’s not hurt, it sounds like LeBron James will also take it easy early on because of his nonstop basketball activities over the past 10 months.
Other injury notes, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst–Ray Allen is still dealing with some swelling in his right ankle, Chris Bosh took the full summer to rest his abdomen and Rashard Lewis is still working his way into shape after only playing 28 games last year.
Overall, the Heat will probably start out the season sluggishly, so don’t panic if a record of 5-5 presents itself after three weeks.