Injured Wade remains sidelined for Heat

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013
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MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade got back on the court with the Miami Heat, if only for a practice.

Wade was ruled out of Tuesday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the fifth straight contest that the All-Star guard will miss while tending to a sprained ankle and bruised knee.

He did, however, feel well enough to participate in Miami's shootaround practice Tuesday morning, and will be evaluated again on Wednesday before the Heat play in Washington.

"He's making progress," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's getting better."

Heat center Chris Bosh also was out for Tuesday's game because of flu-like symptoms, and is not expected to travel with Miami for its game at Washington, either. Bosh missed Saturday's game against Philadelphia with knee soreness.

Spoelstra said all other Heat players were expected to be available to play, including reigning NBA MVP LeBron James, who missed three games last week with a right hamstring strain.

James returned to the lineup on Saturday against Philadelphia and experienced some soreness in the leg Sunday and Monday, but said the muscle was responding well to treatment.

"It's getting there," James said.

Miami entered Tuesday with a magic number of two to wrap up the league's best regular-season record, and claim the home-court advantage through the NBA Finals.

Starting with the Bucks game, the Heat had six games remaining before the playoffs start — likely against Milwaukee.

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