UPDATE: Thursday, April 11 at 6:45 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds had the news:
Dwyane Wade plans to play Friday against Boston, after missing six games with bone bruises around right kneecap.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 11, 2013
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Dwyane Wade (ankle) and Chris Bosh (sore right knee) will both miss tonight's #HEATgame.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 6, 2013
While this marks the fourth straight game and sixth of the last eight on the sideline for Wade, it's hardly time to start worrying if you're a Heat fan.
He has done this before.
Last season, Wade missed eight games in April before the Heat made their run to an NBA championship. The season before, he sat out two of Miami's seven April games.
Wade is 31 years old. With minor maladies continually popping up throughout the season and nothing left to play for, there's no reason not to give him extra rest down the stretch.
Considering the electric guard is averaging 21.3 points (on a career-high 52.1 percent shooting), 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.9 steals on this season, making sure he is completely healthy for another potential title run makes plenty of sense.
In Wade's stead, Mike Miller, who has proven in the last two games that he can still in fact play the game of basketball, will continue to earn more minutes, as will some guys named LeBron James and Ray Allen, who are returning from games of rest themselves.
Wade's injury shouldn't be considered serious, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss more time in the next week. We'll be sure to keep you updated on his status.