OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from the Miami Heat's starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night because of nerve irritation in his left foot, leaving his status for the All-Star game in doubt.
Wade sat out Tuesday night's victory at Phoenix with a migraine headache and appeared to be in good spirits before Miami's 111-110 win over the Warriors, chatting with reporters for nearly 10 minutes in the locker room. He was listed at his usual shooting guard spot and announced during pregame introductions, but seconds before tipoff the Heat said he would not play.
Wade said he was traveling to New Orleans for Sunday's game but isn't sure if he'll play.
"I'm not optimistic. I'm not pessimistic. I just want to get better," said Wade, a 10-time All-Star who was elected as a starter for the Eastern Conference this season.
Wade said he started to warm-up when his foot began giving him problems and he went to the locker room. He said trainers officially diagnosed him with "foot drop," which is a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot.
"I started feeling a little something in my foot, getting a little numbness," Wade said. "But you don't think nothing of it. As time went on it started going up my leg a little bit, so the nerve going up my leg kind of shut down. Weirdest thing I've ever (felt). When I was out there and moved around and warmed up, I felt I couldn't feel my foot. So I didn't want to do anything."