Dwyane Wade still dealing with knee injury

Dwyane Wade has been able to suit up for the Miami Heat for their first-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. But the star guard told reporters -- including Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel -- that he's "not even close" to full strength as he continues to deal with a knee injury.

“I’m not where I want to be. I’m not even close,” Wade said, words that, in the big picture, meant far more than Thursday’s result. “I’m still able to push through certain things… I shot the ball terrible,” he said. “But we played a good game. I wasn’t feeling great tonight. I’m not worried about it. I’m not going to cry. I’ve got two days off. So, hopefully, it’ll be better for Game 4.”

Wade was clearly impacted by the knee last night, specifically when it came to his shooting performance. He finished the game only 1-for-12 from the field. Wade was able to tally 11 assists and nine rebounds, but he also turned the ball over six times.

The injured knee took even more abuse last night, as Wade was fouled in the second quarter by Bucks big man Samuel Dalembert. The knee caused Wade to miss seven of Miami's final nine games before the regular season finale. If the Heat can finish the Bucks off, Wade may get some time to continue resting the knee.

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