Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade Day to Day After MRI On Wrist
Miami Heat fans have to be holding their breath as the team deals with a sudden rash of injuries that have contributed to some inconsistent play from the highly touted team, which has last five of its last seven games.
The latest and perhaps highest-profile injury concern emerged on Thursday following the Heat's 93-88 loss on the road against the New York Knicks. Their star Dwyane Wade came up with a wrist injury following the game, which ultimately forced him to miss the Heat's next game the following night, a one point home win over the Detroit Pistons.
Wade was sent for an MRI on the wrist, but ESPN reported that the MRI came back negative, ruling out any serious injury for one of Miami's key stars.
Still, Wade now joins his two other Superfriends as dealing with injuries and potentially missing time. Power forward Chris Bosh has missed Miami's last four games with a sprained left ankle, and it's unclear when Bosh will come back.
LeBron James also twisted an ankle during the Detroit game on Friday night, although that injury didn't stop him from dropping 39 points in 44 minutes of action.
But even the Heat's role players are hurting, as sharpshooters Mike Miller and Eddie House are both nursing aches and pains.
The Heat have a big, nationally-televised game this afternoon on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and it's unclear how healthy the squad that takes the court will be. James figures to play, but it's uncertain what Wade's availability will be.
Bosh is still not expected back, and his absence coincided with the downturn in Miami's play.
Can Miami win without one of their big three? The answer appears to be no at this point, but I think the real issue is the healthy players trying to find their comfort level on the court without the safety net of all three elite players on the roster.
I think Miami can survive without Bosh, but if they miss two of the three players at once it becomes exceedingly tough for their offense to succeed. It brings guaranteed double teams to whichever of the three is left on the court, and forces the scoring load onto players like Mike Miller and Zyrdunas Ilgauskas, who may not be up for the assignments.
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