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LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:38 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:10 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

Two of the Miami Heat's Big 3 have been sidelined with minor injuries this week, but both are expected back in the lineup for a Saturday night game against the New Jersey Nets.

The Palm Beach Post reports that All-Stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are both listed as gametime decisions on Saturday but indications are that both will play.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, after Saturday’s shootaround at the Prudential Center, both declared that they were game-time decisions... It sure sounded, however, like their minds are already made up.
Update: The Sun-Sentinel reports later Saturday afternoon that James will play but that Wade is not listed in the starting line-up. Just before tip, the Heat confirm that Wade will not play and remains day-to-day.

Wade has been dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of games against the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks this week. James rolled his ankle against the Pacers and sat out the Hawks game. 

Miami won both games and sits atop the Southeast Division at 7-1 on the season. The Nets are 2-6 and in the Atlantic Division's basement.
Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:21 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

If I were a D. Wade fan I would probably see things the same way you do. D. Rose just tweeked an ankle last night so we will see how my theory pans out. Could be eating alot of crow in the near future. iIn one regard I agree with you in that the amount of money these guys get paid you can't afford to risk more serious injuries.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:23 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

To answer your questions, The affore mentioned players that you speak of from the Bulls roster are weak. For the same reasons I say that your boy DW is weak. As you see it there is nothing to be gained by playing with a minor injury against weaker teams and thats fine. Thats the new school mentallity, If I'm not feeling 100% I'll take the night off, no big deal. Star players dictate when they play if the injury is minor. Back in the day you'd have to hold guys down to keep them from playing. Today they stub a toe and they have to take a week off.  So to answer your other question, the only thing he had to gain is pride and respect, nothing else. If what you say is true then why not take a night of when you play teams with sub 500 records, nothing to gain there either, other than stats. Might risk stubbing his piggy toe again. So to recap, the Bulls players are weak also, and D Wade has nothing to gain by playing other than personal pride and his teams respect. Theres your answers. Still Weak Though !
Maybe on some teams the star players dictate, but I am thinking that Pat Riley does most of the dictating on the Heat. At least you are being consistent. We disagree on the importance of playing through the injuries. I would much rather he miss a few games now and get totally healthy. If he misses playoff games for minor injuries, then I will be upset.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:13 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

To answer your questions, The affore mentioned players that you speak of from the Bulls roster are weak. For the same reasons I say that your boy DW is weak. As you see it there is nothing to be gained by playing with a minor injury against weaker teams and thats fine. Thats the new school mentallity, If I'm not feeling 100% I'll take the night off, no big deal. Star players dictate when they play if the injury is minor. Back in the day you'd have to hold guys down to keep them from playing. Today they stub a toe and they have to take a week off.  So to answer your other question, the only thing he had to gain is pride and respect, nothing else. If what you say is true then why not take a night of when you play teams with sub 500 records, nothing to gain there either, other than stats. Might risk stubbing his piggy toe again. So to recap, the Bulls players are weak also, and D Wade has nothing to gain by playing other than personal pride and his teams respect. Theres your answers. Still Weak Though !



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:46 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

The title of the article is LeBron James back, Dwayne Wade not on Saturday, nothing in this title mentions anything about the Bulls. You chose to bring the Bulls into the discussion which isn't what the article is about. Also must have looked my profile up to get to the Bulls thing.  You are a Dwayne Wade Lover and I think he's soft. We have different oppinionsAnd thats cool. Curious though why you stopped spouting about Wades games played per year after three years? Could it be because he played 51 games the year before, and 51 games the year before that? Every game has meaning not just the ones he chooses to play in. Very Soft.
No where in the article does it talk about Wade being a soft player. You chose to bring that in to the discussion. Yes, I brought the Bulls in to the discussion because you are a fan of theirs. You made a big deal about him missing some games becuase of injuries. I brought up the fact that 4 of the Bulls starters have missed quite a few more games than Wade over the last three years. I than asked if you were also calling those four starters soft. You of course did not answer the question. I also will ask how you know it was Wade's decision not to play? I believe that if were up to Wade he would have played. In fact the commentators basically said that. The Heat held Wade out because there was no reason to risk it. Again I also ask what was to be gained by him playing? Does it really matter how many points the Heat win by. I am guessing you will not answer these question because you don't have a good answer.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:43 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

The title of the article is LeBron James back, Dwayne Wade not on Saturday, nothing in this title mentions anything about the Bulls. You chose to bring the Bulls into the discussion which isn't what the article is about. Also must have looked my profile up to get to the Bulls thing.  You are a Dwayne Wade Lover and I think he's soft. We have different oppinionsAnd thats cool. Curious though why you stopped spouting about Wades games played per year after three years? Could it be because he played 51 games the year before, and 51 games the year before that? Every game has meaning not just the ones he chooses to play in. Very Soft.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:35 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

The issue at hand is not that he missed last nights game, it's that he missed the last three games. In my opinion great players want to play every game no matter what, not sit on the bench and jump up and down like a little school girl. This issue  isn't just about last night, it's about his entire career. Guess I'm just saying the guy is soft and as you can tell not a fan.  The guy was an animal in colledge and early in his career, but now he's, just soft.
Obviously from the tone of your responses you have a personal problem with Wade. How do you know that he did not want to play? Did you talk to him personally. He played against Atlanta with the injury. He played 39 minutes and shot 4-17. The commentators for the game said that Wade had expected to play but was held out New Jersey. Is he not supposed to cheer for his teammates? Would you be happier if he sulked and complained about his team holding him out? Would you prefer he played so could add to his stats, but risk aggravating his injury? Watch Wade on the court and how he plays at both ends and you would see he is a competitor. I have watched him race down the court to block what would have been an easy lay-up or dunk. A lot of his injuries of come from him playing hard - not settling for a jump shot but taking it to the hoop. The last three years he has played 79, 77 and 76 - 232 games. Over the same three years  Noah - 80, 64 and 48 - 192 games, Deng - 49, 70 & 82 - 201 games, Boozer -37, 78 & 59 - 174 games and  Hamilton - 67, 46 and 55 - 168 games - so are you saying that all the other starters for the Bulls are soft?



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:59 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

The issue at hand is not that he missed last nights game, it's that he missed the last three games. In my opinion great players want to play every game no matter what, not sit on the bench and jump up and down like a little school girl. This issue  isn't just about last night, it's about his entire career. Guess I'm just saying the guy is soft and as you can tell not a fan.  The guy was an animal in colledge and early in his career, but now he's, just soft.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:43 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

Wade is a prima dona who has never played a complete season in his entire career. Most years Jordan played in all 82 games of the schedule. You know he played with nagging injuries, but he plyed thru them. Wade is soft, seems like he always has something wrong with him. He doesn't have the heart of a champion - I'll take Rose over wade any day. Rose like Jordan is all heart.
Again I ask what was to be gained by Wade playing last night? The team decided it was in their best interest for him not to play. He could have been selfish and demand that he got to play, but he didn't. He did what was in the best interest of the team. If the Heat needed him to play last night, he would have. Teams now days, are more careful about injuries.

You do realize that Wade already has played on an NBA championship team. In fact, he was the reason the Heat won the title. So to say he does not have the heart of champion makes you sound kind of silly. Being a Bull's fan, I understand that you are biased towards Rose. I am a Heat fan and I am biased towards Wade. Both players are among the top in the NBA.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:07 am
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

Wade is a prima dona who has never played a complete season in his entire career. Most years Jordan played in all 82 games of the schedule. You know he played with nagging injuries, but he plyed thru them. Wade is soft, seems like he always has something wrong with him. He doesn't have the heart of a champion - I'll take Rose over wade any day. Rose like Jordan is all heart.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:18 pm
 

LeBron James back, Dwyane Wade not on Saturday

I guess Miami wants LBJ back to avoid needing another multi-OT game to beat an inferior team
Are you calling Atlanta an inferior team? As compared to what? They are 6-3 and just beat Chicago.


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