It’s been a while since Dwyane Wade completed both Acts of a back-t0-back, but he did so this past weekend when he participated in the Miami Heat’s wins against the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors.
Two nights after the Raptors game, Wade played again in a blowout win against the New Orleans Pelicans. In those games, Wade’s knees didn’t show signs of deterioration.
He has played in six-straight games and will play against the New York Knicks Thursday night save for any last-minutes snags. The Sun Sentinel is reporting that Wade also hopes to play against the Brooklyn Nets the night after.
“Right now,” he said, “it’s still game to game. I’m going to play the Knicks game, and we’ll see how I feel after that game and hopefully I feel great, because I want to play the Brooklyn game.
In the last three games, Wade averaged 18.7 points per game, slightly lower than his season average, on 51 percent shooting.
However, the 31-year-old is a much better rebounder when his knees are up for it. In those three games he averaged 7.7 boards a game, well above his par 4.9 for the season.
Coach Erik Spoelstra and Wade have been cautious this season, understanding that the goal is to be healthy for the post season.
“Obviously the regular season is important,” he said, “but we all understand that it’s about getting guys healthy for April, May, June.”
Wade has missed eight games this season. Four of those, according to the Sentinel, were because of his knees. The Heat are an even 4-4 in those matches.
For Heat fans, Wade playing like this is reassuring. It shows that he can still get up and down for consecutive games. Now, if this were a playoff atmosphere and not against middling Eastern Conference teams, it would likely be different. At least the toll on Wade’s knees would be. Still, this is progress for Wade, who underwent something called shock-wave therapy for his knees in July.