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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade will not play again Tuesday night when the Miami Heat host the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s the fifth straight game Wade has missed while dealing with ankle and knee soreness.
It’s becoming less and less likely that Wade will play in another regular season game this year. With the Heat having wrapped up the Eastern Conference’s top see and home court advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs, the team is in full cruise-control mode through April 17.
The team said Wade is officially listed as day-to-day and will be evaluated again on Wednesday. Wade did participate in the team’s morning shootaround practice.
“He’s making progress,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s getting better.”
Center Chris Bosh was not with the team during shootaround and the Heat didn’t specify what was wrong with its big man other than to say he wasn’t feeling well.
Outside of Bosh and Wade, Spoelstra said the rest of his lineup, including reigning NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James will be in action against the Bucks. Miami needs just two more wins to seal the league’s best overall record and claim home court advantage through the NBA Finals.
The game against Milwaukee Tuesday will be a first-round preview for both teams. Milwaukee is just about locked in as the eight seed in the Eastern Conference and that means the Bucks will draw the Heat in the opening round of the playoffs.
LeBron said he isn’t planning on playing in the games past Tuesday night as he, Wade, and Bosh look to get healthy before the playoffs begin at the end of April.
Spoelstra said his approach with the lineup going forward is that everyone — including James — simply is on a day-to-day basis.
“With the minor injuries that we have with our team, everything has to be day-to-day,” Spoelstra said. “He’s ready to go today. A day of rest helped him. And we’ll have to see how he feels after this game.”
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