The All-Star break may be coming at a good time for most members of the Miami Heat, but not Dwyane Wade.
Wade was re-acquired by the Heat before Thursday’s trade deadline and continues to get acclimated with his new teammates. Wednesday’s 104-102 loss at Philadelphia was his third game in his second go-around with Miami, and although Wade didn’t shoot well he has looked more comfortable and assertive the last two games, both one possession losses.
“It sucks for me that the All-Star break is coming now, trying to get to the rhythm of the team and trying to get into the shape of the game,” Wade said. “(Wednesday) was the best I felt physically, maybe not the best I’ve played.
“Now we take a week off. It’s a little tough from that standpoint but mentally it’s needed.”
Wade had the final shot against the Sixers, a straight-away, potential game-winning 3-point attempt from 27-feet that looked as if it would drop but bounced off the rim. The Heat (30-28) are 1-2 since his returned and have lost 7-of-8. Wade is averaging 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his three games with Heat and shooting just 32.1 percent.
Wade will spend part of the break in Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend festivities and part of it moving some of his possessions from Cleveland to Miami.
Much has been made about veterans resting, especially on the second night of back-to-backs, but Wade, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, said that isn’t the plan. Wade, 36, is expecting to play out the entire remainder of the season barring an injury.
Wade missed seven of the 53 games Cleveland played while he was there this season, four of those were on the second night of back-to-backs. He said those decisions were made by Cavs coach Tyronn Lue in advance.
“Ty Lue came to me because we had a lot of guys in the rotation they wanted to get time to,” Wade said. “He asked if I minded sitting out of some back-to-backs. It wasn’t something I needed to do. It was something over a long season sometimes coaches having a veteran player, I said, ‘OK.’”
The Heat played the first of four back-to-backs with Wade on the roster this week in Toronto and Philadelphia. The next comes next week, the first two games back from the break, at New Orleans on Friday and home against Memphis on Saturday. Miami then plays on consecutive days once in March and once in April.
Spoelstra was asked if he has thought about resting Wade.
“Not right now, no,” he said.