MIAMI — There’s good news and bad news for the Miami Heat.
The good news is the Heat will hit the road for their three-game West Coast trip on a two-game winning streak. The bad news is they could have to start that trip Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers without Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside.
Wade basically ruled himself out of Monday’s contest after straining his left hamstring and exiting with 11:18 to play in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 129-102 victory over the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“I won’t be in the lineup against Portland, I can probably guarantee that,” said Wade, who has yet to miss a game since joining the Heat. “I have time to get treatment and try to take it day-to-day and see when I get back. Hopefully I’m not out too long. I don’t know how long. I have no timetable right now.
“All you can do is do your treatment and do your strengthening and whenever you feel like it’s ready to go, just get on the floor.”
Whiteside is also unsure if he’ll be able to play Monday after straining his left hip flexor during Saturday morning’s shootaround session. He sat out the Heat’s win over the Wizards, as rookie Bam Adebayo started at center in his place.
“With strains it’s pretty tricky,” Whiteside said. “They can last a couple of days, they can go away. I definitely don’t want to go out there and make it worse and then it’s something that’s lingering for a month.”
Whiteside said doctors advised him not to play because he could make the injury worse.
“We were doing shootaround and I felt something. I strained my hip flexor,” he said. “So, anytime something happens to me, I always ask the same question, ‘If I play, what will happen?’ And they would say, ‘You are going to make it worse.’ Any time I hear that, the doctors are going to tell me to just relax and take it day by day, take it easy.
“I’m going to listen to them. I don’t want to make it worse. Anytime they say you can make an injury worse, I’m going to listen to them. But if it was about pain, like I said, stitch me up. Last year, I had the big hand stitched up and I ended up hitting the game-winner.”
Both players plan to be on the Heat’s long flight to Oregon on Sunday.
“That’s not ideal,” Wade about sitting on an airplane.
“I’ll just see how I feel [Sunday] and then go get treatment and then go day-to-day from there. It’s always day-to-day when you have certain kinds of strains.”
After Saturday’s game, Wade posted on Instagram a photo of himself next to Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo with the caption: “It’s minor. I’ll be back out there with these young guns soon enough.”
Following Monday’s matchup with the Trail Blazers, the Heat move on to face the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday before closing the trip against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday.