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Injured left foot keeps Wade out of lineup

DENVER — Dwyane Wade will remain winless in Denver.

After struggling through 29 minutes of action in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dwyane Wade was held out of Thursday's game in Denver to give his sprained left foot time to heal. Given the difficult nature of the road back-to-back and Wade’s myriad minor injuries, his drop off in production made the decision to bench him an easy call for Spoelstra.

“After we looked at him after the game, we thought it would be good to give it a go but he’s not 100 percent,” Spoelstra said. “He has a bunch of little minor injuries, so we’ll continue to take this day by day.”

Wade has never defeated the Nuggets on their court. He is 0-8 in games with him in the lineup.

The Heat plays the Suns on Saturday in its final game of a six-game road trip. It has been a difficult week for Wade, who injured his thumb on Monday against Memphis and sprained his left foot stepping on Chris Bosh against Houston on Wednesday. On top of those injuries, his left knee, surgically repaired in the offseason, is still tender.

"You know the most important thing is health," Chris Bosh said. "Like I said yesterday, in the long run, and to be quite honest, we're not going to remember this game in a few months. We do have to play the game, we have to prepare and we respect it because it's a stepping-stone to where we're going to go, but we're not going to remember it. So with that said, he needs to take as much time as he needs, as it's all about being healthy."

Wade is averaging 16.7 points per game in eight games. It’s his lowest per-game scoring average since his rookie season (16.2).

“He has been through it all before,” Spoelstra said. “It says a lot that he even wanted to be out there tonight. He’s not 100 percent, but he’ll never tell you that. Hopefully he’ll be able to get healthier. Thankfully, none of his injuries are serious.”

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