NBA Finals 2011: Banged-Up Dwyane Wade Should Be Good to Go for Miami Heat
Heat Star Wade Showing Minimal Effects From Bruised Hip In 2011 NBA Finals
When Dwyane Wade went down with what proved to be a bruised hip in Game 5 of the Finals, the injury immediately cast a shadow over the Heat’s title hopes. Even if Wade was healthy enough to play in Game 6 (and it would’ve taken a serious injury indeed to keep him out), would he be able to give Miami the top-notch performance they need with their backs against the wall?
Based on Wade’s workouts since the injury, it appears those fears may be unnecessary. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports via Twitter that Wade was shooting baskets yesterday with neither a limp nor any extra padding on his tender hip.
Wade’s swift recovery is clearly good news for Miami, which has seen him take over as the team’s offensive leader during LeBron James’ mysterious scoring slump. Wade’s taken a lot of contact (a dozen free throw attempts in Game 5 alone), and he’ll need to be able to drive without worrying about aggravating his injury.
Dallas won’t have been preparing for anything less than a full-strength D-Wade tonight. They wouldn’t have minded facing a depleted Heat roster, but even with Wade in the lineup and apparently healthy, the Heat will have all they can handle to extend the series to a seventh game.
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