LeBron James asked Dwyane Wade to sit

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was listed as questionable to play in the team’s Game 4 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday. He ultimately didn’t suit up, and it was at the request of not only his coaches, but also of teammate and fellow All-Star LeBron James, according to The New York Times.


“I told him, Hey, if you don’t feel like you can be close to 100 percent, then don’t push it,” James said. “We’ve seen too many injuries already in this N.B.A. season, both regular and postseason of guys getting injured. That kind of came to my mind.”

Wade agreed not to play, and James and the Heat took care of the Bucks. Following the sweep, Miami will get at least five days of rest before they take on the Brooklyn Nets or Chicago Bulls in Round 2. Wade said that he is grateful for the time off to rest his ailing knee.

“It’s going to help,” Wade said of the long layoff. “I’ll get an opportunity to give my knee more rest and also work on my body.”

Wade was clearly not himself during Game 3, and the Heat are hoping that the time off will allow him to return closer to his normal form in time for the second round of the playoffs.

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