Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat out Game 4 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks -- at the request of the club and teammate LeBron James. Since the Heat were able to pull off the sweep of the Bucks, Wade will now get at least five days of rest before Miami begins its second-round series against either the Brooklyn Nets or Chicago Bulls. No matter when Round 2 begins, Wade says that he expects to be ready to play when it does.
Wade's battled a myriad of injuries throughout the season, as his hard-nosed style of play often results in bumps and bruises. He's recently been dealing with a knee injury that hampered him through the end of the season and into the playoffs.
If it were necessary, Wade could have played in Game 4. Considering the significant advantage the Heat held over the Bucks, it was not, and Miami was able to take care of business without the All-Star. This allows Wade to give his knee a rest as the team prepares for the second round of the playoffs.
Wade can use all the time off he can get, as he's certain to be tested early in Round 2. The Bulls are especially known for their physical style of play, so it remains to be determined if Wade can stay healthy through the duration of the postseason.
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