Dwyane Wade Regrets Playing While Injured

by November 20, 2012

The Miami Heat have listed superstar guard Dwyane Wade as being day-to-day with a sore left foot. Wade thinks he’d be a lot closer to playing had he not pushed things last week, by hooping against the LA Clippers while still injured. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “On second thought, maybe Dwyane Wade should have rested instead of playing. That was his feeling on the decision to suit up last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wade aggravated his sore left foot and missed the final two games of the Miami Heat’s six-game trip. ‘I didn’t do myself any justice playing in that (Clippers) game,’ Wade said. ‘I could have used the extra rest, and maybe I could have been back by the Phoenix game on the road, or I really could be ready going into the game Wednesday (versus Milwaukee).’ Wade now is listed as day-to-day for the game against the Bucks. He said playing against the Clippers sounded like the right move before tipoff. It was a nationally televised game against one of the league’s hottest teams. The fact the Heat had struggled recently on the road against the Clippers also played a factor. ‘It was just a big game, and you want to play,’ Wade said. ‘You look back and say to yourself, ‘Uh, maybe I shouldn’t have done that.’ But you make your mistakes and you learn from them.’ Wade said he aggravated the injury when attempting to split a screen on offense. He first suffered the injury two nights earlier after stepping on Chris Bosh’s foot against the Houston Rockets, causing Wade to end the trip the same way he started it. He missed the front end of the trek because of a flu-like illness. He returned two nights later against the Memphis Grizzlies, but said he will use more caution when deciding to play through injury or sickness. ‘You’d like to say you’ve gotten smarter from it, but I’m 10 years in,’ Wade said. ‘Sometimes I make the right decision, sometimes I haven’t. Everyone goes through something. You’ve just got to deal with it. Sometimes you can deal with it and play through it. Sometimes you’re hurting yourself even more. You’ve got to do what’s smart.’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it remains too early to tell if Wade will be ready by Wednesday. He was able to complete a full workout Monday.”