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Game #59: Milwaukee Bucks (29-28) vs. Miami Heat (29-29)

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Miami will look to get back to their winning ways when Milwaukee comes to town for a Saturday afternoon matinee.  I'm sure many of you, like me, were looking forward to welcoming back #3 to the Heat lineup.  Unfortunately, we're all gonna have to wait a little bit longer to see D-Wade back in uniform.  He will miss his 4th straight game after straining his left calf muscle during the Heat's win last week in New Jersey. 

Wade practiced for about a half hour on Thursday and then for 45 minutes on Friday.  They were the first practice sessions that Dwyane participated in since his injury, some of which he did at full-speed.  Still, the Heat's starting shooting guard said he would definitely not be playing on Saturday. 

Said Wade:

"The only thing I'm going to do (Saturday) is come in and get some more work in, a great workout in before the game, and continue to see how it feels.  Then, Sunday, I'll do the same thing, see how it feels.  I'll decide what I can do with my body."

"Tomorrow (Saturday) is out of the question. I'm just not ready yet."

Returning to the lineup will be point guard Rafer Alston, who was also hurt during the Heat's win in New Jersey.  He is probably going to start but Erik Spoelstra said he is waiting until Saturday to decide.  Rafer said that he plans to attack the rim more, which is something the Heat haven't done much of since Wade went down.  Alston has been working with the 1st team during practice on Thursday and Friday, with Daequan Cook taking the starting shooting guard minutes.

GAME NOTES

  • Milwaukee comes in winners of 5-striaght games overall, as well as 5-straight on the road. 
  • This is the third of four meetings between the Heat and Bucks, with Milwaukee winning the first two.  If you don't remember, they were back-to-back games (a home-at-home). 
  • Bucks center Andrew Bogut has at least one block in 22 consecutive games. 
  • Milwaukee is playing very well despite missing their best player, Michael Redd, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in early January.   
  • In the Eastern Conference playoff race the Heat sit in 8th place, a half game behind the 7th place Bucks.

Mid-day tipoff from the AAA will be at 3:30.  I'm pretty excited because I will be there; it's just my 3rd or 4th game this year.  Hopefully the Heat come out with a little more energy then they did against Minnesota on Tuesday.