Amid the ongoing struggles of the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets, the Heat have faced little pressure when it has come to maintaining a final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But Spoelstra stressed it is the medial reports, and not the standings, that are influencing the approaches with Wade and Whiteside.
"No, there's not that kind of caution," he said of having his players healthy for the playoffs, which open April 14. "There's only health caution. We're not going to bring them back until they're ready to come back. We can't look at it as other teams are looking at it, 'That we’re going to make sure we’re ready for the postseason.' That is not how it's going to be for us -- it's go time. And both of those guys know that. They've been very committed and diligent behind the scenes to working. But we have to do it smart, intelligently."
Manny Navarro: #Heat still listing Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade as out tomorrow versus the #Kings
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra on Wade and Whiteside: "They're not playing tonight. That's all I know. We're playing it day by day. Nothing like being in the present moment."
Dwyane Wade is back with the Cavaliers after missing the last two games to mourn the death of his agent and close friend Henry Thomas. But the aging star is also dealing with a previously undisclosed left shoulder issue that probably won't keep him out of tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons, but could impact his availability for Wednesday's game against Miami.
"He's going to play tonight," Lue said. "He said his shoulder feels pretty good, worked out good yesterday, working on it now, so just gotta see how he responds tonight but the plan is he's going to play." Wade said "sometimes it gets hit and doesn't feel as great," but "I've had a couple days off, it feels a lot better."
Dwyane Wade is likely to rejoin the Cavaliers Tuesday in Detroit, Lue said. Wade will have missed two games because of the death of his agent and father figure Henry Thomas, including Sunday’s home game against the Pistons.
Mike Trudell: Cavs coach Ty Lue said Dwyane Wade is available to play tonight (he missed Cleveland’s last game with knee soreness).
Dave McMenamin: Ty Lue says that Dwyane Wade is out tonight with left knee soreness. Kevin Love (left hip) and Tristan Thompson (left calf) are going to play. Thompson is on an undisclosed minutes restriction. Lue said he will use LeBron James at point guard with the second unit.
Lue said Dwyane Wade (left knee bruise) will play, and LeBron James will again serve as the Cavs' point guard.
But they finished with 17 turnovers that led to 23 Nets points and had too many defensive breakdowns. At least Wade's elbow fared well. Both Hoiberg and Wade said the plan is to increase his workload over the final two games. "Elbow felt cool, just trying to get my wind and legs back," Wade said. Wade admitted to rust. "First half, I was trying to read the game," he said. "Haven't played with my teammates in a while. Second half, tried to be more aggressive."
Vincent Goodwill: Butler on Wade returning Saturday: "I’m stoked to have my guy back, let him get out there, get in a rhythm, and do what he’s done for years"
Vincent Goodwill: Sources: Dwyane Wade plans to return from right elbow injury Saturday vs Brooklyn Nets. Story to come on @CSNChicago
After initially being ruled out for the rest of the regular season because of a fractured right elbow, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade may return in the next few days as he continues to progress well during his rehab.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg ruled Wade out of Thursday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, but he did not close the door on the 14-year veteran returning for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets if there is no soreness in his elbow.
Wade declined comment after practice, but Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler liked what he saw. "I see him out there playing basketball," Butler said. "It's good to see him out there, obviously. But I just want him to come back whenever he knows he can go 100 percent, not hold back."
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is 'making progress' in his rehab of a fractured right elbow. Wade, who was ruled out for the regular season after suffering the injury in a March 15 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, has started working out a little harder in recent days as he tries to make his way back to the floor. "He's doing a lot," Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said after Tuesday's shootaround. "As far as shooting, there's no restrictions right now getting out there. Still not doing much contact. But he is ramping up activity, doing more and more every day. The biggest thing right now is to keep his conditioning and keep his wind, and if he is able to come back at some point this season he's not skipping a beat there."
Nick Friedell: Dwyane Wade is doing a little more in practice as he recovers from a fractured elbow. Bulls taking a "wait and see" approach as far as Wade's potential return this year goes. Wade politely declined comment after shootaround, but Bulls seem encouraged by how his rehab is coming along.
Vincent Goodwill: Dwyane Wade, on the floor, getting some light shooting in with assistant coach Jim Boylen. Elbow has a sleeve on it
Butler, the Bulls lone All-Star and leading scorer, now is taking it upon himself to make sure Wade’s season is not done. “Yeah, he actually does say that: ‘Get us to the playoffs, because I’ll be able to come back, and I can play,’’’ Butler said. “So that’s my goal right now. Go out there and be the killer to take us to these wins.’’
Dwyane Wade: I've been trained to keep going, even when it's hard. When it hurts. When it sucks. When I don't want to. I LOOK PAST IT. Relentless forward progress to the finish. Call it what you want: Stubbornness, Endurance, Determination, Guts. DEEP DOWN, I don't know how to give up!!! #imastrongmofo
When Miami’s players and coaches heard the news, they were crushed because that injured player is former Heat star Dwyane Wade. “I hope I’m hearing the news wrong,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who made the jump from an assistant coach to a head coach during Wade’s 13 seasons in Miami.
“That’s heartbreaking,” Spoelstra said. “I don’t even know what to say. Even as competitors and we’re battling right with Chicago, you want to see everybody out there right now. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I know how much this game means to Dwyane. I’m going to reach out to him.”
Alysha Tsuji: Dwyane Wade: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and I'm a strong mofo ... Bless up." pic.twitter.com/4MCjrWKqnr
For a moment at Thursday's Miami Heat practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, it was as if Dwyane Wade was a teammate again. Because in the wake of the elbow injury that will keep the Chicago Bulls guard out for at least the balance of the regular season, he was in just about everyone's thoughts. "That's heartbreaking," coach Erik Spoelstra said shortly after the Bulls announced Wade would be out for the rest of the regular season with a small fracture and sprain of his right elbow. "I don't know what to say. Even as competitors -- and we're battling right with Chicago -- you want to see everybody out there right now. You don't want to see anybody getting hurt. I know how much this game means to Dwyane. I'm going to reach out to him.
The results of the MRI showed a sprain and a small fracture in the elbow. Wade will be out the remainder of the regular season.
Wade exited with 8 minutes, 35 seconds remaining after getting tangled up with Zach Randolph on a rebound and spraining his right elbow. He wore a sling afterward and will undergo an MRI exam Thursday morning.
Chuck Garfien: Wade has his right arm in a sling. He's not sure how long he'll be out. He's never had this injury before. MRI tomorrow.
Mike McGraw: Today's recap: Wade (illness, wrist) is not at arena. Butler & Mirotic expected to play; Zipser (ankle) out. #Bulls
Wade had an MRI on Monday and Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he would have a clearer explanation for those results before Tuesday's game, but didn't sound too concerned and said there was a chance Wade would play on Thursday against the Boston Celtics. "No long-term damage," Hoiberg said of Wade's MRI.
KC Johnson: Bulls list Wade as probable w/ right wrist contusion, Butler as questionable w/ right heel contusion and Zipser doubtful vs. Wolves.
Vincent Goodwill: Dwyane Wade is at shootaround and will play vs. Suns. Not 100 percent but says he feels well enough to go
Vincent Goodwill: Dwayne Wade is out tonight. "He's at the hotel tonight," Hoiberg said. Paul Zipser will start
Bulls guard Dwyane Wade will not play Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets because of what coach Fred Hoiberg called "a little bit of swelling" in his left knee. Hoiberg said Wade's discomfort started after Saturday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bulls guard Dwyane Wade left Wednesday night's 101-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the fourth quarter because of a migraine. He did not return. It marked the second known time in less than a week that Wade dealt with a migraine. He missed shootaround on Friday in advance of a game against the Charlotte Hornets because of a similar issue before he played that night.
"It's OK," Wade said after the game. "I had a headache before the game. I took a fall in the second half. I didn't hit my head, but I guess the way my body jerked and reacted, it kind of triggered my headache back. I lost a little vision in [my] eye. So I came out on the court, couldn't see the rim. My wife was talking, I couldn't see her. So I decided to come out and come in the back and put ice on my neck and take some medicine, get my neck massaged because it's muscular when it happens like that."
Nick Friedell: Bulls announce Dwyane Wade (rest) is out tonight vs. Los Angeles Lakers. es.pn/2fhFbiu
Manny Navarro: #Heat's Dwyane Wade (bruised back, sore neck) will be a available tonight Spo says. He's warming up with the intention to play
Manny Navarro: Wade is playing tonight. Calls knee soreness result of 13 years in league. Dwyane Wade on what happened with his left knee: "I still don't know. Just 13 years in the NBA." #Heat
Manny Navarro: Dwyane Wade said the pain in the back of his left knee occurs when he squats or does certain movements. Otherwise, he's not in pain
Zach Loy: Do you think Wade's knee will be a big issue going forward? - Jason Jackson: Not there yet. He’ll get a second opinion 2moro & an MRI …then we will KNOW the actually soreness source #HEATLive
Guard Dwyane Wade said he will play against the Bucks despite two injured shoulders. Spoelstra said Wade had an MRI, but “everything was negative.” “I wasn’t concerned with that,” Wade said of the MRI. “If (the MRI did come back with bad results), it doesn’t even matter. Sometimes you have to play through some discomfort.”
January 26, 2021 | 6:38 pm EST Update
Jonathan Feigen: Christian Wood is out for the Rockets with an excused absence but still dealing with the sprained ankle. Rockets starters: Wall, Oladipo, Tate, Tucker and Cousins.
Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue on Kawhi and PG’s absence due to health and safety protocols: “It’s so much uncertainty with the COVID situation, you never know, it’s tough… It’s a tough time, but thankfully those guys are feeling well and they can get better and come to join the team soon.”
January 26, 2021 | 6:25 pm EST Update
Andrew Greif: Per the most recent injury report for tonight’s game, there are no additional players listed for the Clippers. Still Beverley, Leonard and George listed out.