User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Soccer
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Wade plans to return to lineup Friday

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade plans to return to the Miami Heat lineup on Friday, after missing six straight contests because of right knee soreness.

Advertisement
Wade told The Associated Press that his knee is healthy enough for him to play again and that he expects to play in both Friday's game against the Boston Celtics and Sunday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, barring any setbacks.

``I'm feeling good,'' Wade said. ``The toughest part is mentally more so than physically. I played two weeks with it and eventually I felt it getting a little worse and I said, `OK, I've got to shut it down.'''

Wade has also dealt with a twisted ankle in the past couple weeks, but the knee was the bigger concern. Doctors eventually found three separate bone bruises that essentially surrounded his kneecap, and Wade said rest and treatment has largely taken care of the problem.

Officially, the Heat are listing Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh as day to day. Wade and James were among the players at the Heat facility Thursday working out and getting treatments. The team was otherwise off and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expected to discuss the lineup for the Celtics game until the completion of Miami's shootaround practice Friday morning.

James has been bothered by a right hamstring strain that has had him sidelined in four of Miami's past six games. Bosh has missed Miami's last three games, one with a sore knee and two others with flu and cold symptoms.

Regardless of what the Heat end up doing, Friday's game in Miami will be lacking at least some star power. The Celtics plan to play without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, both of whom are dealing with left ankle soreness.

Standings-wise, the game means nothing to the Heat, who will finish the regular season with the best record in the NBA and have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Celtics are trying to lock up the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, ensuring they would not meet Miami in the opening round.

Wade is averaging 21.3 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season for Miami, shooting nearly 56 percent from the floor since the All-Star break in February.

``I was feeling great, playing well,'' Wade said. ``To have a setback with something like bruises, it was tough.''

Wade's latest knee issue started March 6, when he took a hit in a game against the Orlando Magic. Another blow to the knee came on March 18 in Boston, resulting in another bruise. Wade said he isn't sure how the third bruise happened.

Those hits came during what became Miami's 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA history that was snapped six games shy of the Heat matching the record 33-game run by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season.

``I think that winning streak played a role in me playing a little too long,'' Wade said.

Wade played March 27 against Chicago, twisting his ankle in that game, the one that snapped the 27-game streak. He started two nights later in New Orleans and logged 33 minutes, then hasn't appeared since.

He expects his minutes to be somewhat limited on Friday as he works his way back, tuning up for the playoffs.

``I'm sure my lungs will need that,'' he said.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Hoop Trends - Saturday
Marshall: Trade Deadline Review
CP3, Jordan lead Clips rout of Grizzlies
Warriors stomp Raptors, 'under' cashes
Pacers top short-handed Cavs, 93-86
Jones propels Rockets beat Nets, 102-98
Millsap, Hawks rally to drop Magic 95-88
Knicks top sluggish Pistons in 2OT
Butler leads Bulls past T-wolves, 96-89
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
14-6 L20 G-Plays, +2,753 TY
7-3 L10 Picks, +1,967 This Year
16-5 L21, 30-8 L38, 74% +1,931 TY
12-5 L8 Days, 21-7 L28 Totals
6-2 L8 Picks, 4-1 L5 G-Plays
2-0 Last Night, 4 Wins in a Row
8-2 L10 Guaranteed Plays
20-10 Last 30 NBA Picks
20-11 Last 31 Guarantees
6-1 L7 Over/Under Plays
5-0 L5 Days, 4-0 L4 G-Plays
7-3 Last 10 Over/Unders
12-6 Last 18 Selections
7-3 L10, 13-6 L19 Guarantees
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat
2014 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 2753
Mark Franco + 1967
Dave Cokin + 1931
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 441
Joe Nelson + 390
Bruce Marshall + 371
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 74 %
Marc Lawrence 59 %
Stephen Nover 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 1726
Dave Cokin + 1639
Kevin Rogers + 1302
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1195
Tony Stoffo + 969
Kyle Hunter + 589
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 880
Bill Marzano + 746
Michael Black + 740
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb