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

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2015

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Dwyane Wade is dealing with a strained hamstring that caused him to leave a Jan. 27 game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He returned to practice on Feb. 8, and returned to game action on Feb. 20 vs. the Knicks. 

Continue for updates. 

Wade in Starting Lineup vs. Knicks 

Friday, Feb. 20

The Heat announced Wade's return to the starting lineup on Feb. 20 against the Knicks.

Wade sounded confident in his health after Thursday's practice, per the team's official Twitter account: 

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Wade after practice: "I feel good. I'm ready to get back to playing basketball. I'm looking forward to tomorrow." http://t.co/MrKEb27dsH

Wade previously spoke about his return from a hamstring injury, saying he would hit the court after the All-Star break was over via Winderman:

'Coming in here, playing this game, a very emotional game, you might try to do a little too much,' said Wade, who missed his seventh consecutive game due to a strained right hamstring. 'So I didn't want to have any kind of setbacks or anything.'

Wade, who has been out since Jan. 27, confirmed that his first game back will be Feb. 20 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

'I felt like I could've played, but it wasn't the smartest thing to do,' he said. 'I look forward to after the break, coming back for the guys, getting a practice [next] Wednesday and Thursday and getting ready to play Friday, just getting ready to understand the last 30 games, we've got some good some basketball we have to play if we want to play further, in April and May.'

Wade Returns to Practice

Sunday, Feb. 8

The Heat announced Wade returned to practice today and provided a statement from head coach Erik Spoelstra discussing the star's potential return to game action:

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Injury Update: Dwyane Wade (hamstring) participated in all non-contact portions of today’s team practice.

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Spo on Wade’s game status vs the Knicks: “I’m not even thinking about tomorrow.”

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Spo on having Wade back at practice today: “It’s good to have him back out here with the guys.”

On Feb. 2, Wade posted an image on Instagram from his training session:

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Wade, Spoelstra Comment on Injury

Thursday, Jan. 29

Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report passed along comments from Erik Spoelstra on Dwyane Wade's status, saying the Heat star did not get an MRI and that he will get treatment. There is no timeline for his return.

Wade would go onto speak about his injury, via Surya Fernandez of Fox Sports Florida:

Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA

Wade on his injury: "Frustrated. (As far as) where I stand, I have no idea at all. You can't put a time on it. You have to go day by day."

Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA

Wade: "This is obviously a totally different injury in the belly of the hamstring so it's a little tougher one."

Joseph Goodman of The Miami Herald provided more comments from Wade:

Calling a sudden news conference on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade told reporters, “I won’t be seeing y’all for a little while, so take a good look at this face.” The shooting guard strained his hamstring on Tuesday night in the Heat’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and he said the best-case scenario for his return would be two to three weeks. That means Wade would miss the All-Star game if he is picked as a reserve, and also miss Heat’s road game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb.11.

Wade Undergoing Treatment

Wednesday, Jan. 28

The initial outlook on Dwyane Wade's hamstring is not good, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel:

Based on initial examinations, the Miami Heat are expecting to be without guard Dwyane Wade for an extended period after he was sidelined in the second half of Tuesday's 109-102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a strained right hamstring.

Wade took treatment Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the team to resume practice Thursday.

Wade Suffers Hamstring Strain 

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade did not return to Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering a right hamstring strain, the team announced:

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Dwyane Wade (right hamstring strain) will not return to tonight's #HEATgame.

Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick reported more on Wade's next steps after the game:

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

For those asking about Dwyane Wade (hamstring), he had left by time the locker room opened. Heat say they will get an update tomorrow.

Wade, 33, scored 12 points in 19 minutes on 5-of-9 shooting. Norris Cole entered the game for the All-Star with a little more than nine minutes remaining. The Heat will use a rotation of Cole, Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier at the two guard spots.

Wade strained his left hamstring two weeks ago against the Los Angeles Lakers and was forced to miss two games. He's missed 10 games total this season with various ailments, most notably knee soreness and the ongoing pain in his left hamstring.

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

This is the other hamstring for Wade, not the one that kept him out earlier this month.

With both legs acting up, the Heat are going to have to be careful with how they monitor Wade's workload. It's possible this was a compensation injury—with Wade gritting through the left hamstring injury and thus putting more weight (and pressure) on his right leg. Regardless, keeping Wade healthy will be like navigating a minefield given the penchant for hamstring injuries to recur.

Wade entered averaging 21.7 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. With the Heat struggling to maintain any consistent offensive flow with Wade on the shelf and LeBron James home in Cleveland, the onus will be even more on Chris Bosh to pick up the slack.

The Heat are currently fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If Wade is out a significant period of time, that race will become increasingly difficult to win.

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