Dwyane Wade sat out in Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks and is expected to be a game-time decision against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. But the Miami Heat shooting guard seems to have picked up where he left off last season in terms of his injury woes and, according to himself, is not close to being 100% healthy.
“Me and coach, like I said we’re going to do this year, is have constant communication, and I had communication with our training staff, and they felt that they want to take this opportunity for me to focus on getting stronger these next couple days and try to get a little better,” Wade said. “We all listen to each other.”
“I’m 70 percent and some days 75,” Wade said. “I’m just trying to get consistent as much as possible and as time goes, hopefully, the treatment I got this summer will take over a little more and the discomfort will go a way a little more.”
Apparently, Wade wasn’t supposed to play against the Charlotte Bobcats last Saturday, but was forced to take the court after Mario Chalmers was suspended for a game. After recording a career-high eight steals in a great game against the Dallas Mavericks last Friday, Wade shot just 1-7 from the field against Charlotte and was clearly struggling.
Wade seems hopeful that his knees will get better as time progresses, but playing NBA basketball won’t really help his case. He decided not to have surgery and rested up this offseason, and it remains to be seen whether it backfires in the long run. Either way, Erik Spoelstra seems to be very cautious with Wade and it’s very likely that he will be rested in quite a few games this season.