Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 11
The Miami Heat's Twitter account has an update on Dwyane Wade for tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns:
Dwyane Wade (migraine) will not play in tonight's #HEATgame vs the Suns. He is listed as day-to-day.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 12, 2014
This will be his 14th missed game this season.
Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick speculates on who will pick up Wade's minutes:
Wouldn't be surprised if Toney Douglas gets some time tonight with Wade out— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 12, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Feb. 8
After the game, it was revealed that Dwyane Wade would be fine after cutting his thumb. Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick had the report:
Wade cut his right thumb, but he's fine— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 9, 2014
The Miami Heat are currently 3.5 games back of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference, and losing Dwyane Wade for any length of time would make that hill an even steeper climb.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Ira Winderman notes Wade hurt his thumb Saturday evening:
Wade right thumb issue off that scramble.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 9, 2014
Granted, Wade has only played in 35 games for Miami this season. Some of those are due to rest, while others are due to lingering injuries that plague Wade throughout the season.
Either way, Miami is used to playing without Wade in some capacity. But, that doesn't make the idea of a serious injury any easier to stomach.
It's unclear how severe Wade's injury is, but the Heat can ill afford to lose him. He's averaging nearly 19 points per game while also chipping in 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
The Pacers emergence in the East makes Wade's health more important than ever. LeBron James is still the best player in the world, but the Pacers' depth will make it difficult for the superstar to win another title with Miami without Wade being 100 percent.
Because the injury appears to be to Wade's shooting hand, it's hard to tell how much this will impact his game, but it's certainly a situation to keep an eye on moving forward.