Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Ankle

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IApril 6, 2013

April 5, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) (left) and forward LeBron James (6) (right) during a time out in the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Heat win 89-79. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami Heat are clearly playing it extremely cautious with Dwyane Wade and his right ankle injury, but Miami's star guard will return to the lineup Friday night vs. the Celtics.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 11 at 6:45 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds had the news:

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According to the Heat's official Twitter account, the superstar shooting guard will miss Saturday's contest against the Philadelphia 76ers:

While this marks the fourth straight game and sixth of the last eight on the sideline for Wade, it's hardly time to start worrying if you're a Heat fan. 

He has done this before. 

Last season, Wade missed eight games in April before the Heat made their run to an NBA championship. The season before, he sat out two of Miami's seven April games.

Wade is 31 years old. With minor maladies continually popping up throughout the season and nothing left to play for, there's no reason not to give him extra rest down the stretch.

Considering the electric guard is averaging 21.3 points (on a career-high 52.1 percent shooting), 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.9 steals on this season, making sure he is completely healthy for another potential title run makes plenty of sense. 

In Wade's stead, Mike Miller, who has proven in the last two games that he can still in fact play the game of basketball, will continue to earn more minutes, as will some guys named LeBron James and Ray Allen, who are returning from games of rest themselves. 

Wade's injury shouldn't be considered serious, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss more time in the next week. We'll be sure to keep you updated on his status. 

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