Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  14 responses

Dwyane Wade to Play Through Swollen Knee in Game 7

Despite his initial reluctance to discuss the injury, Dwyane Wade eventually opened up about his left stiff and swollen left knee. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “Wade admitted Wednesday his left knee was swollen and stiff, but says the only thing he can do now is continue to play through the pain. ‘There’s one game left,’ he said. ‘Whatever you have inside of you, you muster it up. You give it. So I’ll be fine.’ That attitude comes as no surprise to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. ‘He’s in whatever-it-takes mode. And that’s what this series is about, the competition,’ Spoelstra said. ‘It’s not just statistics. It’s not all the other storylines. It’s about the competition against an equal opponent. And Dwyane thrives in those situations, because he can impact it in so many different ways. Not just scoring, but the defense, impact plays, so forth. He’ll be able to find a way to compete for one more game.’ [...] ‘Early in (Game 6), I took a good shot right on my left knee, and that’s the knee I had surgery on,’ Wade said. ‘That kind of trauma to it at that moment, it just swelled up. At halftime, I was trying to do as much as I [could], treatment. I needed a certain amount of time, so I told them to make sure they started Ray [Allen] in that quarter. I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to. I just tried to do whatever I could.’”

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  • Dfrance

    I’m not arguing whether Wade is hurt or not, but he’s taken a “no excuse” attitude most of the playoffs, why is he copping pleas now?

  • Max

    He complains mostly after losses, not so much after wins.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    The Heat play better when he’s not on the floor. I love Wade, but he’s been more of a liability this series than any other star not named Manu.

    Also, everyone basically gave him a pass for taking games 1-3 off.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    After wins: “I don’t like to use my knee as an excuse, I fight through the pain and do whatever it takes”

    After losses: “My knees are hurting so I can’t get the lift I want and its limiting me, but it is what it is, I play hard and compete to help my team win”

  • Fat Lever

    (Cortisone) shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots…EVERYBODY!!!!

  • OfftheWall87

    None if it will matter by 9 pm tonight. What do people expect, for him to sit out Game 7?

  • Sizzle

    In other news the Sun came up today. Please don’t regurgitate other articles telling us something that everyone already knows.

  • Dev

    He better show up tonight tho, but its telling that Lebron couldn’t drive until he was off the floor cus they had to respect all the shooters out there

  • Lloyd

    All I’m seeing in this article is DWade setting up an excuse if he plays badly or to be heroic if he has a mediocre to great game.

  • Mike Gilbert

    lyrical genius

  • spit hot fiyah

    exactly, rest up for training camp.

  • OfftheWall87

    He doesn’t need to make an excuse. We’ve all seen him throughout the playoffs. He’s obviously well below 100%. If he has a bad game, we all will know why. Same reason he’s had many bad games for the past 2 months.

  • LLC#12

    I’m not a Heat fan by any means, but as a fan of the game, I hope the summer does Wade a lot of good, and he can come back in October with the explosiveness and speed he’s capable of. He’s had a rough year.

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