Wade improving but remains out vs. Bucks
Dwyane Wade will sit out for a fifth consecutive game as he recovers from a knee injury, and Chris Bosh will be re-evaluated before Tuesday's game against Milwaukee after missing shootaround with an illness.
MIAMI -- Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will sit out for a fifth consecutive game as he recovers from a knee injury, and Chris Bosh will be re-evaluated before Tuesday's game against Milwaukee after missing shootaround with an illness.
Wade went through the Heat's morning workout and is making progress with his bruised right knee, coach Erik Spoelstra said Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
But the team continues to be cautious with Wade, who has already missed six of the past eight games with soreness in his knee and right ankle.
Spoelstra also said Bosh will be a game-time decision after informing the team early Tuesday morning that he wasn't feeling well.
LeBron James is overcoming a hamstring injury but is expected to be available when the Heat (60-16) try to match the most regular-season wins in franchise history when they face the Bucks in what is likely to be a matchup of teams that will meet in the first round of the playoffs.
"Dwyane won't play tonight, but he did go through shootaround and is making progress, getting better," Spoelstra said. "We'll see how Chris feels this afternoon."
Bosh missed Saturday's win against Philadelphia with a hyperextended right knee and has talked about his need to get some rest before the start of the playoffs on April 20.
With six regular-season games remaining, Spoelstra said he considers James, Wade and Bosh as day to day, and will re-evaluate their playing status before each game.
The Bucks are the first opponent on a back-to-back set for the Heat that continues Wednesday night in Washington.
Miami then returns home to play Boston on Friday and Chicago on Sunday before wrapping up the schedule with another back-to-back set next week against Cleveland and Orlando.
While the Bucks, Celtics and Bulls are all still jockeying for playoff position, the Heat have locked up the No. 1 seed in the East and are closing in on the top record in the league to secure home-court advantage through the Finals.
James said Tuesday he plans to take a few of the final games off to rest before the playoffs, although he said some opponents will use the games to potentially show how well they match up against the Heat. Miami is a combined 5-4 this season against the Bucks, Celtics and Bulls.
"I don't know how their coaches or players are preparing for the last [few] games," James said. "For us, these last six games, we want to try to use them to ... most of all get healthy. That's our No. 1 thing. If we're healthy going into the playoffs, we match up with anybody. So we're not worried about them. We're worried about our health, more than anything, going into the postseason."
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