Signs are pointing to Dwyane Wade sitting out Game 4 of the Heat's first-round playoff series against the Bucks on Sunday.
Wade did not participate in the Heat's full-court practice drills on Saturday at Marquette and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade's status was day to day. The Heat plays the Bucks at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, meaning Wade will not have a full day to receive treatment on his knee before tipoff. Spoelstra said that Wade "is improving" and that the Heat's training staff will evaluate his injuries before game time and then make a decision.
Wade reinjured his knee in the first half on Thursday in Game 3 and also aggravated his right forearm during a hard fall. The Heat leads the Bucks 3-0 and can sweep the best-of-7 series with a victory on Sunday. Wade said in a statement that he was "day to day" and receiving "treatment around the clock."
Mike Miller would likely start on Sunday if Wade can't play. The Heat is 15-2 this season with Miller in the starting lineup. LeBron James indicated on Saturday after practice that rest might be the best thing for Wade at this point.
“He has to do what’s best for him and then what’s best for the team,” James said. “For him, he’s a competitor, he wants to be out there, but you don’t put injuries in front of anything and if you’re hurting, and you’re not capable of doing the things that you need to do to help the team win, then you shouldn’t risk it.”