When Dwyane Wade scored the 20,000th point of his career during the Heat’s win over Cleveland on Saturday, the in-game celebration had the retrospective feel of a retirement ceremony.
But Wade isn’t close to done.
After missing 48 games over the previous two seasons, this is the healthiest he has been in years and he is on track to play 75 games. That would be his most since 2010-11, and the more promising aspect of that resurgence is that his knees feel good. He looks so strong that Pat Riley mentioned the idea of him playing until he’s 40, and it wasn’t clear whether he was joking. Continue reading “Dwyane Wade nowhere near retirement”
Tyler Johnson can’t be trusted when it comes to giving an update on his injury status, so much so that coach Erik Spoelstra (jokingly or half-jokingly or possibly not joking at all) publicly suggested that Johnson would lie about his health in order to stay on the court for the Heat.
Johnson has been out since undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in January and might be out for the year, though he is unwilling to believe that. His rehabilitation work has been going well, and he said this afternoon he hopes to be back before the end of the regular season. Continue reading “Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson eyes pre-playoff return”
Chris Bosh is keeping in play the possibility of returning this season, but Dwyane Wade said the Heat can’t plan on getting him back on the court.
“I don’t want to get to a point where we’re looking over our shoulder for Chris to come back,” he said tonight in Chicago. “If he walks in the locker room and he’s ready to play on game day, I’ll jump up and cheer and be happy in that moment, but at this time we have to forge forward and keep focusing on what we need to do. Continue reading “Wade hopeful, but not counting on Bosh return”
How often do you see something like this? Hassan Whiteside has been a dreadful free-throw shooter most of his career, but somehow seems to have fixed that in the middle of a season.
Over three partial seasons prior to this one, he shot 49.4 percent at the line. He was 52.7 percent for the first two and a half months this year, then bumped that to 61 percent from mid-January to mid-February. Over his last eight games, however, Whiteside has made a stunning 84.1 percent. Continue reading “Hassan Whiteside’s incredible free throw fix”