On March 26th, after a game against the Orlando Magic, Dwyane Wade said that “it’s just a bruise” and that he had injured his knee on March 3rd in another game against the Magic, and then re-aggravated it two weeks later in a game against the Boston Celtics.
It turns out, it’s not “just a bruise” and that Dwyane Wade actually has three bone bruises on his right knee. In fact, he has to move his kneecap in order to be comfortable during a game.
I’m taping it. When you have a [bone] bruise, you try to move the kneecap over so it won’t rub. When you get into game sweat you have to re-tape it a bit.
If moving kneecaps sounds uncomfortable, playing with bone bruises sounds even more uncomfortable. According to MD-Health, a bone bruise is
a traumatic injury one sustains from a forceful impact during sports, accidents or a direct hit. It is characterized by severe pain that can last for weeks or months, and the best way to help the healing process is to rest, support, and protect the bone or joint involved and to apply conventional treatments for trauma.
Unfortunately for Dwyane Wade, he has three bone bruises and he has been doing anything but resting, supporting, or protecting them, re-aggravating his injury again in Game 4 of the Heat-Bulls series.
Even more unfortunate for Dwyane Wade is that the Miami Heat will face the very physical Indiana Pacers (the Chicago Bulls 2.0) in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers don’t shy away from contact, and remembering the hard fouls from last year’s playoff series, might even seek it out — and that’s bad news for a hobbled Dwyane Wade.