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What the Miami Heat Can Take from Dwyane Wade's Return from Foot Injury
Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Monta Ellis blocked this shot, but otherwise, much went well for Wade on Wednesday.

Dwyane Wade spent a lot of Wednesday's post-game press availability with a smile.

He was smiling about the "slow bounce pass" that Shane Battier sent his way, the one that delayed his turnaround delivery at the end of regulation, and allowed Monta Ellis the time to block the shot.

He was smiling about the errant, bullet lob that Chris Bosh attempted, one that made Wade wonder whether Bosh was angry at him, but which ended up finding LeBron James on the ricochet, with James finding Ray Allen for a putaway three-pointer in the corner.

He was smiling about the overtime victory, 113-106 against the visiting Bucks.

He was smiling about his sprained left foot, which had kept him out two games but, on this night, hadn't given him too much trouble.

“It felt all right," Wade said. "It could be better. This was a good step in the right direction, but I could feel better. I just wanted to stay in there. It’s hard when you are in and out. I wanted to stay in there a little bit and get my legs under me.”

He was smiling about everything but his right thumb, which he injured a couple of weeks earlier, and which he jammed again late in this contest.

So, should Heat fans be smiling after Wade scored 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting?

Or was this just a headfake, before another injury-related headache?

(All quotes in this piece were gathered as part of the author's daily coverage of the Heat for The Palm Beach Post.)

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