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Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 9:15 am  |  18 responses

Report: Dwyane Wade Had Fluid Drained from His Knee


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Following a horrific Game 3 performance, that featured a tiff with his coach, Dwyane Wade needed to bounce back and help the Miami Heat avoid going down 3-1 to the Indiana Pacers.

Wade did just that, scoring 30 points, grabbing 9 boards and dishing out 6 assists.

Dwyane reportedly had fluid drained from his left knee prior to Game 3, and he looked his old self yesterday in the victory.

Per ESPN:

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has consistently downplayed how sore his left knee had been in recent weeks and continued after Sunday’s game to say he wouldn’t use any injuries as an excuse for his performance. But multiple sources close to Wade and the team said that he required the minor draining procedure on Wednesday before the team’s loss in Game 3. After having fluid drained from his troublesome left knee last week, Wade had one of the worst playoff games of his career as Miami stumbled into a 2-1 series hole against the Indiana Pacers.

In the days between Games 3 and 4, Wade faced some of the harshest criticism from the Heat fan base — with some suggesting on Twitter that he be traded in the offseason. But Wade got away from the frustration and even his teammates on Friday to spend the day at Indiana University with coach Tom Crean, who was Wade’s college coach during this three seasons at Marquette. Wade said the 48 hours of treatment and time away allowed him to regroup for Sunday’s pivotal game. “The last two days have been mental,” Wade said. “It was great for me just getting away and to get that energy that I needed. I know I was struggling on the offensive end, but I didn’t want that to affect my overall game.” [...] “I’m a no-excuse type person,” Wade said. “When I’m on the basketball court, I’m all about trying to help my team win. Obviously, when things are going great, everyone pats you on the back. When things are not going great, some people turn their back. But I’m the kind of person that always believe in myself, believe in my teammates and know that it can always turn around.”

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James (himself no slouch in Game 4) will need to remain dominant against the hungry and confident Pacers, as the two superstars must shoulder more responsibility with Chris Bosh sidelined indefinitely.

Game 5 tips off tomorrow night in Miami.

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  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    Pacers in 7.

  • Zabbah

    Pacers in 7.

  • Rasheedionics

    As yesterday’s game show, Pacers can’t beat Heat when both Lebron and D Wade are at full strength. So it will really come down whether or not D Wade can stay healthy for the remaining of the series. That will be the difference maker.

  • Niio

    I don’t think the Heat can pull this off either. If Wade and LeBron need to play like that every game just for them to win, I just I don’t see that happening. Good to see Shane and Mike actually hit a shot yesterday, Haslem was great down the stretch too

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    If Bosh ain’t healthy, it really is a “what’s the point” scenario. Lebron Wade having to score 70/30/15 every game is a near impossibility.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Heat are in trouble! I said it when Bosh went down and I stand by it. If by some miracle the Heat get past the Pacers in this round, there is no way they can win the East, much less a championship with Lebron logging 44+ mins a game and D-Wade logging 40+. Lebron had to put up video game numbers for them to win yesterday. Def not gonna happen night in and night out!

  • fruizm

    Miami is not losing this series.

  • IGGI

    Miami got this.

  • IndyB

    Rebounding will continue to decide this series.

  • bike

    Amazing season. A month ago everyone thought MIA has this in the bag. To think of what they have to go through now to win it all seems insurmountable.

  • LP

    i felt INDIANA let Miami off the hook, more hibbert and west, less granger…The allowed battier to guard west thorughout the game, even if West and Hibbert were in Foul trouble, Vogul should have had em out there…

  • trueballer4life

    Heat in 7..!–LBJ 2 THE WORLD! ‘”I WILL BE DOUBTED AGAIN -DWADE”- THIS AINT NO VIDEO GAME ITS REAL LIFE!

  • trueballer4life

    BOARDS,DEFENSE AND FREE-THROWS! WIN BALL GAMES

  • hatersrfunny

    Ha u hating boys r too much heat beat a weak pacer team without a third of their team and still u talking like children with bosh heat would poo on ur faces

  • PnoyVibe

    Either team in 7

  • Ldub

    This is how the Heat should play EVERY game. If they have an off night, then so be it…everyone goes through it from time to time. But splitin’ 50-60 points a night should be quite simple. KD and RW do it. Curry and Ellis did it. AI and Melo etc. You get the point. No reason why LBJ and Wade cant go for a minimum of 25each…per night. Then you get Haslem and Miller/Battier to do what they are “supposed” to do. And the game becomes very easy. It all starts with James and Wade though. People keep saying they cant play together and Wade should be traded IF they dont win this year. Game 4 was definitely proof that Wade and James should be on the court together, along with Bosh who can spread the floor and pull the big men out of the paint!

  • bull22

    is this one of wade’s pretend injuries again either to augment his victories
    or have his already made excuse in case they lose. hahahaha every year its the same drill with this d-bag.

  • LeBrOn 4 MvP!

    haters gon hate, yall stop hating on a one in a life time generation player, embrace and witness greatness yall. you feel me?

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