Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade should be ready to go for Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Wade missed the team’s second game of the season, a 114-110 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. He was resting his knees which have caused him to miss games in the past few seasons. Wade has also missed preseason games to keep him healthy. The team could rest him in back-to-backs at least until December and it could work in his favor especially when the Heat need him most and that is in the playoffs.
Wade scored 13 points in the season opener against the Chicago Bulls and looked a little rusty in his season debut. He was able to contribute and help the team jump out to the big early lead against the Bulls. It was an encouraging sign that he made it through the first game of the season without any serious damage occurring.
Then, during the walkthrough prior to Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia, Wade’s knee was not feeling quite right. Team trainers examined the soreness and it was deemed that he should sit out the second of a back-to-back set of games to start the season. Miami officially listed Wade as out for the Sixers game due to rest.
The knee injury kept Wade in the team’s maintenance program for the latter part of last season and will continue this season according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Trainers and medical staff will monitor the health of the players daily in order to keep anyone from getting serious injury. Wade’s situation is a bit different because his knees have been limited his ability to play and be effective on the court.
If Wade is to rest when the team plays games on consecutive nights, the next occurrence will be on November 15 and November 16. Miami will host the Dallas Mavericks on the first night before heading to Charlotte for a division game against the Bobcats. It is very possible Wade will miss the Bobcats game due to the low level of competition and travel. He doesn’t expect this to be the case the entire season but for the foreseeable future, the plan for Wade is rest as much as possible.
Well-traveled guard, Roger Mason, Jr. was thrown into the fire when it was made public that Wade would be rested for the Philly Game. Mason was inactive for the season opener but that didn’t stop Spoelstra from inserting him directly into the starting lineup. Mason was ineffective in 15 minutes of action where he managed just three points and two assists.
Wade could hear negative comments if he sits out too often due to the fantasy basketball scene but that will not make him play any longer or attempt to be the fantasy stud he once was. The talk of missing back-to-backs early on could affect some teams but to know that he could be on the court more down the stretch could bode well for his fantasy stats.
As for the near future, Wade can be expected to be reinserted into the starting lineup as the starting shooting guard on Friday night when the Heat head to Barclays Center for a meeting with the Nets.
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