Mar 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks to pass the ball as Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee (5) defends in the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 91-88. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade doubtful against Portland Trail Blazers on Monday

Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade has missed 18 games this season due a variety of maladies (copyright: Gregg Popovich), but it appears as if “Flash” will miss the team’s match-up with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night for a new reason.

ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh reports that Wade will likely sit to an ankle injury that he suffered in a 5-point loss to Boston on Wednesday, but with Wade, it is always curious to know how hurt he actually is. The 32-year-old shooting guard has famously sat out back-to-backs and random nights, mostly for preservation purposes, but because of the nature of this “new” injury, the curiosity rises a bit.

Still, the Heat are in great shape to cruise into a top-two seed in the Eastern Conference, and there is zero incentive for Miami to rush him back. LeBron James is enough to carry the Heat on a nightly basis until Wade returns, and as long as he is back 100% for the playoff run, there is virtually nothing to see here. Stay tuned to see how long Wade is out, but unless it’s a long-term setback, Heat fans can breathe easily.

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