Updates from Saturday, April 19
Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher report has the latest on Wade:
Spoelstra says there is no minutes restriction for Wade. "I'm going to read his body language."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 19, 2014
Updates from Saturday, April 12
The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman reports that Wade will start on Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks:
Dwyane Wade is starting tonight for the Heat. Wade is back. Says he's going to give it a go.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 12, 2014
Here's what Wade had to say about his return, per the Heat's Twitter:
Wade (returning tonight after missing 9 games w/ hamstring injury): “Now it’s about getting comfortable and pushing it to see where I’m at.”— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 12, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 11
Brian Windhorst of ESPN has the latest on Dwyane Wade's status for Friday's clash with the Pacers:
Dwyane Wade (hamstring) to miss 9th straight game tonight vs. Pacers.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
A day later, Dwyane Wade's status remains unchanged heading into tonight's matchup against Memphis according to B/R's Ethan Skolnick:
Spoelstra says Wade will not play— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 9, 2014
Spoelstra: "Heat nation, just be patient" on Wade.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 9, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
B/R's Ethan Skolnick provides Dwyane Wade's status for tonight's game against the Brooklyn Nets:
Dwayne Wade out again— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 8, 2014
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel provides a brief quote from Erick Spoelstra:
Spoelstra says Wade out tonight. "He's very close," Spoelstra said. Haslem is out with stomach virus. Birdman will intend to play.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) April 8, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 4
The Heat provided an update on Wade's status prior to the game:
Greg Oden (back spasms) & Dwyane Wade (hamstring) have both officially been ruled out of tonight’s #HEATgame vs Minnesota.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 4, 2014
The Heat's official Twitter feed also had an update on Wade's status earlier in the day:
Dwyane Wade (hamstring) went through this morning’s team shootaround and is listed as doubtful for tonight’s #HEATgame.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 4, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 31
Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Greg Oden (back spasms) & Ray Allen (stomach virus) have all been ruled out of tonight’s #HEATgame vs the Raptors.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 31, 2014
Updates from Saturday, March 29
The Miami Heat announce Dwyane Wade is out again tonight with a hamstring injury:
Allen (stomach virus), Chalmers (bruised quad), Oden (back spasms) & Wade (hamstring) have all been ruled out of tonight’s #HEATgame.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 29, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 28
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald provides an update from Dwyane Wade:
Wade on his hamstring: "I can’t even say I don’t want to push it because I can’t yet."— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 28, 2014
Wade on hamstring: “I’ve had one before. I missed the whole preseason ... obviously, it’s not at that [severity]."— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 28, 2014
ESPN's Brian Windhorst provides an update on Wade's status:
Dwyane Wade said he's out tonight because of his hamstring. Heat will be without 3 starters at Pistons.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 28, 2014
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade exited late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 84-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers with a left hamstring injury.
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reported on the adverse circumstances that beset the Heat down the stretch in a tight road game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:
Wade is asking out of the game. Appears to be a left hamstring. Timeout Heat.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 27, 2014
The Heat addressed Wade's injury after the game:
Dwyane Wade suffered a hamstring cramp late in tonight’s #HEATgame and did not return.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 27, 2014
Wade was 6-of-11 shooting for 15 points and added four rebounds in 32 minutes before leaving the floor, but he also had six turnovers. The 32-year-old veteran has missed 19 games in the 2013-14 season in an effort to rest his knees for the playoffs.
ESPN's Michael Wallace alluded to the Heat's sloppy execution, which they overcame to have a shot to win at the end:
Heat didn't have Ray, didn't have Wade in final possessions, had 19 TOs and still has shot to win it. All else rhetoric.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) March 27, 2014
Indiana is now ahead of Miami by three games atop the Eastern Conference, and the Heat needed Wade and others to be at their best. That wasn't quite the case, as Wade had several miscommunications with teammates and didn't appear to be on the same page with anyone other than LeBron James for much of the night.
Although he is still one of the best 2-guards in the Association, Wade has shown discouraging signs throughout the season and could miss even more time soon with another nagging health issue.
To be fair, the Pacers are a tough matchup for the Heat and have an elite defense. The size advantage Indiana has on the inside also makes matters difficult.
However, Wade and Co. need to play better if Miami is meant to threaten for a three-peat.