Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Neck

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2013

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 12: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives against Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena on March 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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 The Miami Heat avoided a huge blow as star guard Dwyane Wade appeared to have sustained a head injury after a collision with Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders. He eventually returned to the lineup according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The guard was taken to the Heat locker room for what was originally suspected to be either a head injury or concussion according to ESPN’s Windhorst.

The injury came early in the first quarter in the Heat’s game against the Bucks. Had the Heat lost Wade for an extended amount of time, it could have been a big blow. Even in the five minutes he played prior to the injury he had four points, an assist and a steal on 2-for-4 shooting.

The Heat are the hottest team in the NBA right now. Their 20-game win streak is the longest by any NBA team this year and has them eyeing the 71-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ historic 33-game winning streak.

The Heat’s current streak of 20-wins has them tied with a slew of teams for the third-longest streak in NBA history. Earning their 21st consecutive victory would put the 2007-08 Houston Rockets’ 22-game win streak squarely in their crosshairs.

Although that Rockets team did not win the NBA Finals that season, it’s always good to etch your name into history.

With Wade in the lineup the Heat have a much better shot at continuing their hot winning streak. The guard is averaging 21.8 points per game, 4.9 assists per game and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Not even the injury bug can slow this team down at this point.