INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Erik Spoelstra got one All-Star guard back Wednesday night when Dwyane Wade was active for the Miami Heat's game at Indiana.
The Heat coach also lost a former All-Star guard. Ray Allen, the NBA's career record-holder for 3-pointers was out with the flu.
Wade has missed 19 games this season, mostly by design. Team officials wanted him to rest his sore knees so he could kick things into high gear for the playoffs. But Monday's absence was not part of the plan. After the team initially said the All-Star guard hurt his ankle. The Heat are now calling it a strained left Achilles tendon.
Spoelstra waited until after warmups before activating Wade for one of the season's most highly anticipated NBA games.