Per Ira Winderman, Erik Spoelstra said, "We didn't have Dwyane (Wade) go through the active part of the shootaround, when he took that hit the other day." In the loss to Milwaukee Bucks, Dwyane Wade received a bruise to his left thigh during a sequence on defense, but finished the game seemingly unhurt.
Since Jimmy Butler is out and Derrick Rose is questionable for tonight's game with a left adductor strain, the Miami Heat might decide to limit Wade's minutes to dust off Gerald Green and Josh McRoberts for tonight's game. Additionally this game is the first of a back-to-back set, with the Heat traveling to Toronto for a game versus the Raptors.
The outstanding play of Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson in the Bucks and previous games gives Spoelstra more confidence in giving them a bigger role on the team, if Wade sits this one out. We'll see how the coach manages tonight's player's minutes with a tough game looming for tomorrow night.
On another note, Chris Broussard of ESPN listed his top 20-player power rankings a couple of days ago. Hassan Whiteside was the only new player to crack the list at #19. Broussard commented,
"Sure, he can be silly and lose focus, but my goodness, this dude is wrecking shop -- off the bench, no less. He's the lone newcomer to the top 20."
The only other Heat member on the list is Wade at #15. Notable for their absences are starters Goran Dragic and Luol Deng. Ironic that, according to one man's opinion, a top-20 NBA player is not a starter, but someone coming off the bench.
The early season Mario Chalmers trade with the Memphis Grizzlies appears to have hexed all of those player's NBA careers. Chalmers, Beno Udrih, James Ennis and Jarnell Stokes were all waived after the trade due to injuries or for other reasons. Not one of them is part of the Heat or Grizzlies teams for the rest of the season.