Nov 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen (right) talks with teammate shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade, Chris Andersen return for Miami Heat


The Miami Heat will get two key contributors back when they host the Golden State Warriors Thursday night.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, guard Dwyane Wade and big man Chris Andersen will be back in action.

Wade was lifted from the Heat’s victory Monday night in Denver when he suffered back spasms midgame and treatment was unable to relieve them. He missed practice on Wednesday.

Andersen had missed the Heat’s past three games with back and neck issues.

Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra made the announcement Thursday evening.

The Heat have been very cautious with Wade throughout the season, holding him out in games he could probably play in. Obviously, the Heat have bigger goals than winning individual regular season games and will need a healthy Wade to do so (well, they’ll at least need him in the Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals).

Wade is averaging 19.5 points, 4.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

Andersen, who became a key piece to the Heat’s 2013 title run, is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

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