Storyline: Dwyane Wade Injury

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Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson all will return to the Heat (43-36) lineup tonight against the Knicks (27-51) after each took off Wednesday in Atlanta to rest various ailments. Many believe the Heat would be better trying to fall out of the sixth spot and slip to seventh where they would face Boston, which will be be without All-Star Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. But not the Heat. “We still have something to play for,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s why everybody is playing tonight.”

“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.”

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.”
2 years ago via ESPN

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.”

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.
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