Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade are back in the infirmary. A bad news for the Miami Heat who is preparing to face the Blazers, one of the teams in shape of the moment.
Everything was going well so far for Dwyane Wade, who has been valued by the Miami Heat as the sixth man since returning to South Beach. Unfortunately for the Florida franchise, the triple NBA champion had to leave the field prematurely last night in the match against the Wizards. Hit the adductor, he had to throw in the towel after 15 minutes on the floor for 15 points scored only 3/11 shots.
Already out of luck for Monday night’s game against Blazers, D-Wade said he’d rather play for safety in hopes of making a quick comeback.
“I will not be lined up against Portland. I can almost guarantee it, “said the veteran Sun Sentinel.
“I’ll take the time to look after myself and try to take it from day to day before I see when I come back. I hope I will not have it for too long. But I do not know how long it will take. I have not set a date yet. All I can do is heal and strengthen myself. When I feel that I will be ready, I will return to the floor. “
The move to Oregon looks all the more delicate as the Miami Heat prepares to challenge the Blazers’ team, which remains on a run of nine straight wins. Dwyane Wade will indeed not be the only one absent in the ranks of Florida. Forced to declare before the match against Washington due to a hip injury, Hassan Whiteside was pessimistic about his chances of playing against Portland.
“With this kind of injury, it’s always difficult. It may take a few days before the pain goes away. I do not want to go out there and aggravate my injury. It’s something I could hang out for a month … “, he explained.
As the playoffs approach, the pivot has no intention of taking the risk of aggravating an injury that could prevent it from being 100% in the spring games.
“It’s not a question of pain,” he insists.
“I got a game-winner with 13 stitches in hand. So it’s not a problem for me to have mail. I played with a sutured hand. I played even when I was injured. But when I feel that I can worsen my injury, I prefer to step back and listen to the doctors. And the doctors told me to stay relaxed. “
It remains to be seen whether the Heat will be able to compete with the Blazers, currently in full flurry and now third in the West. Nothing is less certain even if the men of Erik Spoelstra demonstrated last night surprising resources by offering a nice collective success against the Wizards. A match in which seven players have scored at least 10 points to allow Miami to win with 27 points ahead.