It has been a difficult year for the Miami Heat in the first season of the post-LeBron James era. Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts are both out for the season, and the Heat have dealt with numerous other injuries. Now, as Miami fights for one of the final postseason spots in the Eastern Conference, two of its most important players in Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside are hurting.
Wade is having more issues with his troublesome knees, and he may wind up getting fluid removed from his left knee, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:
“I just tried to give my teammates something, but hopefully I’ll be better Sunday when I go back to Miami, see my doctors and see what they want to do,” Wade said. “I had a lot of fluid, and so in a perfect world I would love to get some fluid out.”
Getting that fluid removed would likely keep Wade out for a few games, although that’s something the Heat can’t afford right now. Miami is just a game ahead of the eighth-seeded Boston Celtics and 1½ games ahead of the ninth-seeded Brooklyn Nets.
The Heat also can’t afford for Wade to miss much time because center Hassan Whiteside is out for the foreseeable future with an injured hand. Whiteside has missed Miami’s last two games after cutting his right hand on the rim against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
There’s currently no timetable for Whiteside’s return, and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said the big man can’t even catch a basketball right now without pain, per Goodman. However, the hope is that Whitside would be able to return in time for the playoffs if Miami gets there.