Sunday, April 22, 2012
LeBron in, Wade out vs. Rockets
By Tom Haberstroh
MIAMI -- Heat forward LeBron James will play against the Houston Rockets on Sunday, but guard Dwyane Wade, forward Chris Bosh and center Ronny Turiaf will be sidelined.
Guard Mario Chalmers was a late scratch and will not play due to flu-like symptoms. He is considered day to day, the team announced.
Wade suffered a dislocated index finger on his non-shooting hand in the first quarter of Saturday's loss to the Washington Wizards. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said it's possible Wade could have played if Sunday's game was a playoff game.
Wade wore a splint after Saturday's game and Spoelstra said it is "unlikely" that he would miss time in the playoffs due to the injury.
Spoelstra indicated that Bosh is suffering from muscle fatigue in his legs, but there is no strain. This will be Bosh's fourth consecutive missed game and the seventh straight game that Turiaf has missed due to a strained hamstring.
The Heat have just three games remaining in the regular season. Miami (45-18) is not mathematically eliminated from earning the No. 1 seed over the Chicago Bulls (48-16). The Heat would have to win their final three games while the Bulls would have to lose their final two games.
Miami is 12-1 this season without Wade in the lineup.