As expected, Dwyane Wade will not play tonight against the Indiana Pacers as he rests his injured hamstring for the playoffs, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said at Friday's shootaround.
The Heat plays the Pacers on Friday night with a chance to retake the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers currently lead the Heat by half a game in the standings.
Wade has now missed more than one-third of the regular season (28 games) due to either injuries or needed rest for his balky knees. His latest setback, a strained hamstring, occurred during the final two minutes of the Heat's loss to the Pacers two weeks ago in Indianapolis. This will be Wade's ninth-straight game to miss due to his hamstring injury.
Guard Toney Douglas is expected to start in place of Wade.
While Wade remains sidelined, Heat starting center Udonis Haslem will return to the court Friday after missing the Heat's recent back-to-back due to a stomach illness. The Heat will need Haslem's size inside against the Pacers, which rested all five of its starters on Wednesday in a victory against the Bucks.