Dwyane Wade said today that he will not play in tomorrow's meeting in Cleveland or the 2015 All-Star Game.
Wade has ruled himself out of tomorrow's game vs the Cavs as well as the All-Star game.— Surya Fernandez (@SuryaHeatNBA) February 10, 2015
Wade: The smartest thing to do is to continue to use this All-Star break to strengthen myself a little more & be ready for the 2nd half push— Surya Fernandez (@SuryaHeatNBA) February 10, 2015
Wade: "I feel like I could play tomorrow — I could push it — but I don’t know if that would be a smart thing to do."— Surya Fernandez (@SuryaHeatNBA) February 10, 2015
For Wade, this decision is easy. While the Heat have a big game tomorrow -- if only because of LeBron James -- it isn't a playoff game. And the timing of the All-Star break gives Wade more time to rest and recover to try to lead the Heat as the regular season draws to a close.
I have my own feelings about the All-Star Game (I don't watch it because I have better things to do than watch NBA players get out of each other's way for three quarters before some halfhearted trash-talking and competitiveness if the game is close). Wade already has his All-Star Game MVP award from 2010 if anyone thinks that means anything (I don't). He plays for the Miami Heat first, and I'm glad he won't risk injury in the All-Star Game.