The Miami Heat, despite their desire to keep the winning streak alive, are looking at the big picture. They could have sent Dwyane Wade out last night, but the team wanted to be proactive with his knee. Wade's knee was sore, so he got the night off. And the Heat still won.
Michael Wallace of ESPN says the decision to sit Wade was based on the guard's history of knee problems. Miami didn't want to allow it to get worse, and they hope the rest will allow him to get closer to 100 percent.
"He got hit in the knee a couple of games back, and it's just sore and bruised," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade before the game. "We are going to be proactive, and hopefully he will get some treatment and feel better tomorrow."
After a relatively slow start this season, Wade has returned to form and has been a high part of the Heat's winning streak. He is averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game. The Heat have now run their streak to 26 consecutive wins. They are seven shy of tying the all-time NBA record.