It seems that Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is always a game-time decision these days, and tonight’s game with New Orleans is apparently no different.
Chalmers (right Achilles tendinitis) and Wade will be a game time decision. Battier (sore quad) is doubtful for tonight’s #HEATgame
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 7, 2014
The Heat have officially listed Wade as a game-time decision for Tuesday’s action, and that is accompanied by his starting backcourt Mario Chalmers being listed identically. Wade has played in 26 of Miami’s 34 games this season as he has taken up the “Spurs model” for preserving aging stars with injury woes, but prior to Tuesday, the 31-year-old has played in 5 straight games since missing Miami’s 108-103 loss to Sacramento on December 27th.
For the year, Wade is averaging 19.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, but despite those “modest” results (they’re actually not modest at all), he’s been lights-out when on the floor. His minutes have dipped to just 33.4 per night (36.8 per game for his career), but his shooting efficiency has risen from last year’s levels, with a stellar field goal percentage of 53.5% (up from 52.1% in 2012-13) and an extremely positive 22.49 PER.
It remains to be seen whether Wade will miss tonight’s game, but they are undoubtedly better with him on the floor (breaking news!), and New Orleans would be much happier if he were on the sidelines.