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Dwyane Wade back in the lineup after missing nine games

Dwyane Wade returned to the starting lineup on Saturday night in Atlanta for the Heat's penultimate road game of the regular season after missing nine-straight games with a hamstring injury.

Wade's on-court workout before the game included several dunks and drills that included hard cuts to the basket. Trainers evaluated him after the pregame practice and cleared him for action. Wade hasn't played since March 26 when he strained his hamstring in the final two minutes of the Heat's loss to Indiana.

“He’s going to be extremely winded, but we just hope he can come through the game and make strides and move forward and not have a setback,” LeBron James said.

The Heat plays the Washington Wizards on Monday at Verizon Center, but it's unclear whether or not Wade will play in the team's final road game. The Heat finishes its season with a home game on Wednesday against the 76ers.

Wade has missed 28 games this season while dealing with various injuries, including sore knees. During his pregame news conference in Atlanta, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade would play reduced minutes if activated.


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What a PATHETIC effort ! Wade was the only guy trying tonight. Bosh a max player...please ! Even Lebron was asleep looking apathetic. Sure hope Heat don't play Hawks...Heat guards make Jeff Teague look like the league MVP. Yep... Heat just taking care of business.

4th game in 5 nights. They were exhausted. They don't care about the 1seed

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