Nov 15, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) cheer on the crowd prior to the start of a game game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade Expected To Return Against Magic

After sitting out the last two games, Dwayne Wade (knee) practiced Friday and expects to play Saturday night when the Miami Heat visit the Orlando Magic.

From the Miami Herald:

“When you have a bruise on your kneecap, you have to be able to lift and be able to continue to make it stronger by strengthening all the other muscles around it,” Wade said. “That’s what I’ve been able to do slowly. It’s still a process. It’s still something I’m going to be working out and dealing with for a few months.

“But this was a good week to be able to do that and [let go] of some of the aggravation I had after playing in the back-to-back [game] in Charlotte [last Saturday].”

Most of the time, Wade (knee) sits at least one part of a back-to-back. It seems to be the approach the Heat are taking this season in order to keep Wade (knee) healthy for the playoffs.

Other notes:

  • The Heat handedly beat the Magic when they played earlier this week. The truth is, Miami doesn’t need Wade (knee) to beat them.
  • Because Wade (knee) is getting so much rest, the Heat bench is getting plenty of playing time and is thriving. Check out Chris Benford’s story on how this impacts LeBron James’ MVP chances.
  • Ray Allen sat some games recently with the flu. When the Heat are missing both of their top two shooting guards, coach Erik Spoelstra plays Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers together–something we didn’t see much of the past two seasons. We will see it more this year.
  • This is “Wade (knee).”

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