Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade has been dealing with bone bruises in his knee and while they have not costed him any games this postseason, they could potentially cause him to miss some key minutes, be less effective, or even miss a game down the road if a setback occurs. While I expect Wade to play through the pain through the remainder of the postseason and not miss a game due to the bone bruises, there is little doubt in my mind that Wade is clearly less effective because of the injuries.
The New York Knicks were able to stave off elimination against the Indiana Pacers, and another missed game for concussed Pacers point guard George Hill could mean a Game 7 and even more rest for Wade. However, Wade told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Steve Gorten that, well, the extra rest won’t help, “It is what it is. I had 10 days off last time. It really doesn’t matter.”
When Wade says “10 days” after his classic “It is what it is” comment, he is referencing the time he had following the Heat’s first round victory this postseason. Wade will almost certainly continue to suffer through the pain for the remainder of the postseason, and knee troubles will continue to plague the 31-year-old Marquette product. The lack of confidence displayed by Wade is more realistic than pessimistic, but it is important to note that he played in the most minutes he has all postseason in the Heat’s series-clinching Game 5 over the Chicago Bulls. Wade, as a matter of fact, was excellent with efficient shooting and an 18/5/6 line.