Dwyane Wade sits out Thursday against Nuggets with sore foot
After spraining his foot against the Houston Rockets during Monday’s 113-110 win, Dwyane Wade decided to sit out Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, with his status still uncertain for their sixth consecutive road game Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
"It's not anything major. It's a bunch of little, minor nagging injuries. So we'll continue to take it just day by day,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra insisted on Thursday, “see how it feels (Friday) go from there, gather a plan and hopefully it'll get healthy soon."
The Miami Heat will return after the weekend to host the Milawakee Bucks at the AmericanAirines Arena on Wednesday.
We just want to make sure this doesn't turn from a nagging small injury into something else, where he's overcompensating," stated Erik Spoelstra. "But we'll reevaluate him every day. We're not in panic mode about it right now."
Dwyane Wade had a series of bad luck since the start of the road game against Atlanta Hawks last week, which he missed due to a virus he’d caught from his kids. Then Dwyane Wade jammed his right thumb during Sunday’s 104-76 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies before sustaining the foot injury on Monday.
The 8-time All-Star Dwyane Wade tried to put up with the pain, remaining in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s 107-100 defeat at the hands of Los Angeles Clippers even after taking an X-ray for the foot an hour before the tipoff. But things didn’t work out idealistically as Dwyane Wade was greatly limited to only six points in the game.
Although Dwyane Wade’s foot injury raises no sirens within the organization, the player expressed on Thursday that with the piling injuries, he’s beginning to doubt his availability going forward in the season.
"I don't know,” Dwyane Wade said on Wednesday, regarding the possibility of undertaking a long rest from the injury. “It's happened both ways before. So we'll see how I feel and I'll make the best decision."
Dwyane Wade declined to comment on the foot injury on Thursday.
Meanwhile teammates have also noted the decline in Dwyane Wade’s production since he was hit by a series of injuries. Dwyane Wade has scored in single-digits during a few road games including just an eight point contribution in their matchup with Memphis Grizzlies.
"As he recovered from the knee surgery in the offseason, he's sprained his ankle, hurt his foot and jammed his finger," Miami Heat forward LeBron James recalled Dwyane Wade’s series of injuries this season. "He's going to have to try to get healthy because I know that it's affecting his play on the floor.”
"The most important thing about later on in the season is that everybody's healthy,” added Miami Heat’s big man, Chris Bosh, “not only are we clicking offensively and defensively, but that everybody's healthy."