Monday, April 18, 2011
Dwyane Wade shakes off migraine
By Brian Windhorst
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade shook off effects of a migraine and started the Miami Heat's 94-73 Game 2 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wade had 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action as the Heat took a 2-0 series lead over the visiting Sixers. Game 3 is Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Wade missed practice Sunday, the second time this season he's been knocked out with migraine symptoms. Light sensitivity has been an issue that usually lingers for Wade, and while that again was the case, Wade played without tinted glasses despite sporting them during shootaround.
"He just did some light shooting but he is feeling significantly better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said prior to Monday's game. "He was wearing shades, the guys were calling him 'Blade.' Hopefully he'll be ready to go."
After missing a game and several days of practice with a migraine in January, Wade wore tinted glasses but still scored 34 points in a game at Madison Square Garden.
"It was very encouraging [for him to be at shootaround]; we want to be as close to full strength as possible," LeBron James said. "To see D-Wade back on the court was great to see."
The 76ers expected Wade to play, and coach Doug Collins even had some comedy ready for the news that the 2006 NBA Finals MVP was back at practice.
"I have a set of cymbals that every time he runs by the bench, I'm slashing them," Collins said. "And I went out and bought the brightest flashlight I could find, and every time I get eye contact I'm shooting it at him. He's going to be great. He always is. He's a lot like [Michael Jordan]. I think his mental capacity to fight through these things is off the charts and we expect him to be terrific."
Brian Windhorst covers the Miami Heat for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.