Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the Miami Heat return home to continue the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers, some of the focus has turned to Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s knee.
According to ESPN.com, Wade had to have fluid drained from his left knee prior to the team’s blowout loss in Game 3. During that game, Wade had arguably his worst playoff performance of his career when he managed just five points.
Wade refused to blame the procedure on his poor performance telling ESPN after Game 4, “If I’m in uniform, I’m ready to play.”
Wade came back from the horrendous Game 3 performance in a grand way Sunday combining with LeBron James to score 70 points against the Pacers. The phenomenal performance was desperately needed to keep the Heat in the series.
Wade struggled at the beginning of Game 4, but when LeBron hit Wade on a backdoor pass that resulted in a dunk, everything seemed to click for the Wade. He went on to score 22 of his 30 points in the second half and at one point, Wade and James scored 48 of 50 consecutive points for the Heat.
ESPN said no further decision had been made on whether Wade will require another procedure on his left knee before Game 5 or further down the road if the Heat continue on in the playoffs.
With Chris Bosh’s status unknown for the foreseeable future, the Heat’s only chance of surviving until he returns is for a healthy James and Wade to continue playing the way the did in Game 4.