Dwyane Wade on Hip Injury: ‘I’ll Be Fine Sunday’

by June 10, 2011
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DWade downplayed the hip contusion that limited him last night, and promised that he’ll be ready to go in Game 6 with the Miami Heat’s season on the line. From NBA.com: “He played the rest of the game and, with 10 points, was the game’s high scorer in the fourth quarter. Wade led Miami with 23 points, had eight assists and was 10-of-12 from the foul line. But he logged only 34:27 minutes, and the Heat were minus-13 when he was on the court. ‘You know I’m not going to [talk about the injury],’ Wade told reporters after the game. ‘It was unfortunate I had to leave the game. But I came back and I finished it.’ … ‘Once you’re on the court, you’re on the court,’ Wade said. ‘The doctor not ruling me out, I can come out and help my team with my presence on the floor. I’m smart enough to play the game without obviously being 100 percent.’ Wade also said: ‘I don’t have no excuses. I was able to help my team get an opportunity to win. And I’ll be fine Sunday.’ Teammate LeBron James said little changed for Miami when Wade was out. ‘It’s nothing you can really change,’ James said. ‘We just try to do the same thing as if he was in, but knowing that one of our scorers is down.’ Down but not out. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the extra day before Game 6 Sunday might be helpful to his recovery. ‘We’ll see if that’s enough,’ Spoelstra said. Wade already knew. ‘I’ll be good for Game 6,’ he reiterated.”