Dwyane Wade, Battling a left foot injury, did not practice Monday at USF. He is officially listed as a game-time decision, but he didn’t sound too optimistic.
WADE: “It’s serious enough to where the training staff feel that I should continue to stay off of it. I’m not surprised. I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve had a couple injuries in my nine years. I think I’m as smart as it gets when it comes to players who know when and when not to play with something.”
Wade has missed Miami’s last three games with what is officially listed as a left foot contusion. He said it could be bruised or it could be plantar fasciitis – an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue at the bottom of the foot.
WADE: “Wade I don’t know, man. It’s just hurting. It could be three different things. Plantar fasciitis is one of them. A bruise is one of them. Maybe it’s a combination. I don’t know. I just know it’s in the area of plantar fascia. I know its bruised as well. So, whatever it is, it’s just taking its course, taking it’s time.”
Wade said if it were up to him, he would have played Saturday at New Jersey. By tomorrow, Wade will have had seven full days of rest.
Still, Miami has the luxury of not rushing Wade back. They can dump more on LeBron James, or promote Chris Bosh to the No. 2 option. Sharp-shooter James Jones, who’s been starting in Wade’s place, has totaled 27 points in the three games Wade has missed, recouping some of the points Miami loses with Wade out.
What’s more, Miami has an ESPN game Wednesday against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. That might make for a more dramatic return by Wade.
JAMES: “We’d rather get him back when he’s healthy. When D-Wade’s ready to play and when he’s healthy, he’ll be in a Heat uniform. But we don’t want him out there until he’s 100 percent, until he feel he’s ready.”