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Knee problems bothering Dwyane Wade
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 14, 2013 @ 2:13 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO — Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has an usual method for trying to relieve the pain in his bruised left knee.
Wade said he is using tape to move his kneecap over into a position that is more comfortable.
Though it’s known Wade is battling the bruised knee, for the first time in a game it was revealed how much pain he is experiencing. It happened just before he took a shot with 7:21 left in the second quarter of Miami’s 88-65 victory against the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 on Monday.
Wade tweaked his knee, favored it, grimaced in pain and stopped moving while the action moved to the other end of the floor after his missed shot.
He checked out at 7:12 and returned with 3:36 left in the half.
“Just a shooting pain. It hurt,” Wade said. “Eventually I was able to re-tape my knee, come back out and try to finish.”
Wade did not score in the first half and finished with six points — all in the third quarter — on 3-of-10 shooting. It’s just the fourth time in 117 playoff games that he has scored less than 10 points.
The Heat have had strong performances from LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Norris Cole and still have a 3-1 series lead despite Wade’s injury.
“Any time you have a guy who is not 100%, you have to give a little more effort,” Bosh said. “Dwyane has been having a tough time getting into the flow of some of the games.”
Wade had a fantastic regular season, averaging 21.2 points, 5.1 assists, five rebounds and a career-high shooting percentage of 52.1%. But in the playoffs, Wade is averaging 12.3 points, including 11.3 against the Bulls. He shot 33.7% against the Milwaukee Bucks in three games in the first round, missing Game 4 to give his ailing knee a rest.
“It’s frustrating at times,” Wade said. “You try to do what you can. How I feel is, sometimes it feels good and sometimes it doesn’t. You can’t predict it. Try to go out there and continue.
“Some days are better than others. Certain games, … [For more on Knee problems continue to plague Dwyane Wade, click here.]
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