Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Back, Neck and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade walks off the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 112-88. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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The Miami Heat announced shooting guard Dwyane Wade was ruled out of April 1's game against the Sacramento Kings with back and neck injuries he sustained on March 30 against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he's ready to make his return. 

Continue for updates. 


Wade Active vs. Pistons

Tuesday, April 5

Wade will start Tuesday against Detroit, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. 


Latest on Wade's Practice Status

Monday, April 4

The Miami Herald's Ethan J. Skolnick noted Wade participated in Monday's session.


Spoelstra Comments on Wade's Injury

Friday, April 1

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade was walking "like Frankenstein" on Friday, per Winderman"It's more sore, and it was more sore yesterday and even more sore today, Spoelstra continued. "[Trainer Jay Sabol] anticipated that. It's very similar to the fall Beno [Udrih] had. So his back is sore and his neck."


Heat Need Wade Healthy for Postseason

Early in his career, Wade was famous for welcoming and absorbing contact inside when he drove to the basket. That physical style has caught up with the Heat star in recent years.

In the previous three seasons, he played in 185 out of a possible 246 games. The team has been proactive regarding Wade's health, giving him the night off on occasion in order to keep him at 100 percent. His minutes have also declined slightly in each of the last four years.

Most recently, Wade dealt with a bruised thigh that kept him out of Miami's March 12 loss to the Toronto Raptors.