Updates from Friday, Feb. 14
Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports that Wade will play in the All-Star Game:
Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade said he will play in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. Wade suffered a drop foot injury on Wednesday.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 14, 2014
It's been clear that Dwyane Wade has been dealing with ailing knees throughout this season, but now his foot is giving him problems.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the Miami Heat star has a nerve issue that restricting the movement in his foot:
Dwyane Wade said after game that he's got a nerve issue that is affecting his ability to move his foot. Will fly to NO, see team doctor— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 13, 2014
Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel provided some more information:
Heat listing Wade with "foot drop" (a common fibular nerve issue) and day-to-day. Next "day" that matters is Tuesday in Dallas vs. Mavs.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 13, 2014
Dwyane Wade said leg "shut down" and "feel like i couldn't move my foot." Kind of surprising the plan still is to go to New Orleans.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 13, 2014
All season long, Erik Spoelstra has sporadically rested his shooting guard in an effort to ensure that he's 100 percent for the games that matter. Wade has played in 36 of the team's 51 regular season games this year, averaging 18.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists a game.
The only concern for the Heat is whether or not Wade will be healthy for the playoffs. There's almost no chance Miami isn't one of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference, so there's no reason to risk him too much in the regular season.
The fact that he's suffering from a nerve issue is a bit worrying, but the team is at least in a position where it can wait for him to get back to full health.