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Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Hamstring and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2015

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) talks with official David Jones during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Miami. The 76ers defeated the Heat 91-87. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

Dwyane Wade left the Heat's game on Jan. 13 against the Los Angeles Lakers with a hamstring injury. He returned vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

Continue for updates.


Wade Will Return vs. Thunder

Tuesday, Jan. 20

The Heat reported Wade will play against the Thunder:

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will play in tonight's #HEATgame vs the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reported Luol Deng would be returning as well: 

Joseph Goodman @JoeGoodmanJr

Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade are both playing basketball tonight against the Thunder.


Wade Exits Lakers Game With Hamstring Injury

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade left Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a hamstring issue.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel had the news:

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

Wade has a mild hamstring issue. Will NOT return tonight.

The Heat provided Wade's thoughts after the game:

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Wade on tomorrow night’s game (Warriors): “I would love to be out there but our (training) staff is not going to let me do anything crazy.”

Wade had four points and five assists on 2-of-5 shooting before exiting the game.

Still wildly efficient while on the floor, Wade's injury status remains a constant battle. He's missed eight games already this season, most notably a hamstring injury that cost him seven games in November. His balky knee has also acted up at times, which has become a given at this point.

The Heat have managed to stay alive in the playoff racecurrently sitting in the seventh seedbut only due to the futility of the Eastern Conference.

Wade and Chris Bosh's absences have often left them with a sole All-Star on the floor, and big free-agent signings Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts have not worked out as expected.

McRoberts will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury, while Deng has looked far closer to his Cleveland form than what he put forth in Chicago.

As they're accustomed to, the Heat will be carefully monitoring Wade's status. Don't expect him back until he's 100 percent. Even then, it's probable that the Heat will hold him out an extra night or two just to recharge his batteries.

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