The Miami Heat will not be playing one of their future Hall-of-Famers when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers Wednesday night.
Guard Dwyane Wade will sit the game out.
Wade isn’t injured, but with his bad knees, which clearly bothered him in the 2013 postseason, sitting out the second day of the back-to-back games this season.
Against the Chicago Bulls last night, Wade scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in 36 minutes.
“It’s really part of a plan, it won’t be consistent necessarily all year that he won’t play back-to-backs,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com “It’s just been a long week, he’s just a little bit sore. It’s nothing dramatic.”
Veteran Roger Mason, Jr. will start in his place.
“The most important thing is his health,” LeBron James said. “If he needs to take the second game of the season, the 30th game, the 50th game, the 80th game, then that’s the way it is.”
The Heat and 76ers will tip-off at 7:00 pm EST.