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

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

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Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was out on Friday because of problems with his shoulders. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.


Wade Active vs. Thunder

Sunday, Jan. 17

Wade was listed among the Heat's starters against Oklahoma City on Sunday, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.


Injury Details on Wade's Shoulder Revealed  

Friday, Jan. 15

Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reported Wade has a strain in his left shoulder and an impingement in his right shoulder.


Wade Once Struggling to Stay Healthy 

Remaining healthy has been an issue for D-Wade over the past several years and over the course of his career as a whole. He has never played in more than 79 games in a single season, and he hasn't played in at least 70 since 2010-11.

He largely avoided injuries so far this season, appearing in 38 of the Heat's 39 games coming into Friday, and he has produced to the tune of 18.4 points, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.

The three-time NBA champion missed 20 games in 2014-15, with his knee and hamstring serving as the primary areas of concern.

With nagging injuries limiting his ability to string games together, Wade admitted that last season was a difficult one for him, per NBA.com:

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'It's been 1 of my most challenging years, for sure' -- @DwyaneWade opens up on '14-15 WATCH: http://t.co/7ttIy5OpZi http://t.co/WADL6bPQT7

The Heat missed the playoffs as big man Chris Bosh was lost for the season with blood clots. That put even more pressure on D-Wade to perform, but that burden also increased his chances of getting injured.

Miami made some big moves during the offseason in order to make itself a contender in the Eastern Conference, as it re-signed Goran Dragic, signed Gerald Green and Amar'e Stoudemire and drafted Justise Winslow.

In addition to that, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took Wade's advice and lightened the load in terms of back-to-back games for the 2015-16 season, according to Winderman:

I sat down with the Commissioner this summer and just sat and talked. His whole thing is about obviously growing the game and making the game be the No. 1 game in the world. And to do that, you've got to have your guys on the floor, you've got to have your star guys on the floor, you've got to have your players out there playing. And, just like all of us, he's trying to figure out ways he can do better with his committee and his group.

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So that's a great thing, when your commissioner is thinking the same way that your guys are thinking, to be able to help you out. It's a long season. None of us want to take away from games, because you don't want to take away salary. So you try to figure it out over the course of the season and I thought this year they did a good job of it.

Despite the more manageable schedule, Wade still can't seem to avoid the injury bug, which is perhaps the one negative on his resume. 

While Wade has been a star since entering the league in 2003, there has been more pressure on him to perform over the past two seasons since LeBron James left South Beach to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He was up to the task last season with 21.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game; however, that production won't help the Heat if he can't remain on the floor.

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