MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dwyane Wade has already missed more games because of nagging knee issues than he would have liked. Then an illness kept him out of Miami's most recent game, prolonging the frustration for him early this season.
Wade returned to the starting lineup on Saturday night against Minnesota after missing the previous two games, one because of his knees and the other because of illness. He's missed five games this season already, and he's not happy about it.
"All of it's frustration," Wade said. "Everyone wants to be 100 percent every day. But it's a part of the game. Everyone deals with it in their own way."
The Heat were 11-2 in games Wade missed last season, but are 2-3 this year. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is trying to manage the stress on Wade's knees by resting him as much as possible when the soreness creeps up. The Heat have started Ray Allen, James Jones and Roger Mason Jr. in Wade's spot, but the results have been uneven.
Of course, Wade knows it's a long season, and the priority has to be getting his body as healthy as possible for the playoffs. The Heat are still in fine shape, entering the game against the Wolves at 14-5, right on the heels of the Indiana Pacers (17-2) for best record in the East.