UPDATE: Thursday, August 15, at 7:32 p.m. ET
Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel provides an update on how Wade is treating his knee this offseason:
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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 15, at 5:46 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Ira Winderman, Wade will play in Game 5 vs. the Bulls:
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Wade said he will play.2013-5-15 21:39:07
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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 15, at 1:20 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Dwyane Wade is going to be a game-time decision for Miami's Game 5 clash with the Bulls, according to a report from ESPN.com. The report also stated that Wade took part in today's shoot around.
Per the report:
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra provided the update on Wade's status, saying that the All-Star guard's bruised right knee will be evaluated prior to the start of Wednesday's contest.
"He had a very good day [Tuesday] and a good shootaround," Spoelstra said. "We'll evaluate him before the game and go from there."
Wade said after the 88-65 victory, via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:
“This was just the first time you've seen it, other times I've been able to not show you,” Wade said after the game before revealing a rather gnarly detail about the bandage that certainly helps explain his troubles in the postseason.
“I'm taping it. When you have a [bone] bruise, you try to move the kneecap over so it won't rub. When you get into game sweat you have to re-tape it a bit.”
Wade is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals despite playing through his injury in the playoffs. On the other hand, those numbers are put into perspective when you look at his regular season, in which he averaged 21.2 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals.
Now, the question becomes whether the Heat will rest Wade for Game 5 on Wednesday or play him in hopes of capturing the series and advancing.
They've built a 3-1 lead over the Bulls with Wade limited, so there's a chance they can advance without his help. However, the Bulls aren't exactly slouches, either.
Chicago also shot 25.7 percent from the floor on Monday, and just 11.8 percent from distance. It's possible that Miami's defense could get the job done without Wade, too, as the Bulls have gone completely cold of late.
It's going to be interesting what the Heat do from here on out. Wade is vital to their quest for a second straight championship, and Miami can't afford to lose the superstar.