Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not play when the Heat visit the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night. The team announced Wednesday afternoon that Wade will get some extra rest, and that the decision to sit him is not injury-related.
Wade was slowed by a bone bruise in his right knee during the 2013 playoffs. While it did not require offseason surgery, Wade underwent shockwave treatment and lost some weight this summer to help alleviate his knee pain.
"I'm getting better every day," Wade told USA Today last week. "But I'm not where I want to be. When the season starts, I won't be where I want to be. But as the season goes on, I'll get stronger and stronger and better."
In previous seasons Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tended to start backup guard Mike Miller in games Wade sat out, but Miller was cut this summer for salary cap reasons. He did not say in his pregame press conference who would start for Wade tonight, but guards James Jones and Roger Mason Jr. are both possibilities.
Spoelstra could be setting an important precedent for the Heat by keeping Wade out of tonight's game. Doing so will help keep Wade fresh through the long grind of the regular season.
"This is a part of our big picture for this season," Spoelstra said Wednesday. "We want to be proactive and make sure we're stronger at the end."
The Heat tip off against the Sixers at 7 p.m. ET, with coverage on Sun Sports.