Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade clearly isn’t the player he’s been, as he continues to be impacted by a bone bruise on his right knee. While the ailment is causing limited production from the All-Star, he told reporters yesterday that he’ll continue to play through the injury during Monday’s pivotal Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers.
Coach Erik Spoelstra spoke with the team’s training staff regarding Wade, and it was determined that he will play. Spoelstra added that “there’s no excuses.”
Still, the knee injury has been used as a reason – if not an excuse – for Wade only averaging 12 points – on 32.4 percent shooting – with 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals over the last three games despite playing 37.3 minutes per contest.
For the most part, it’s been LeBron James against the Pacers thus far. Miami would do well to get increased contribution out of Wade, who has shown in the past that there’s always the potential for a big game when he’s on the court.