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Dwyane Wade sprains ankle in loss

1/14/2012 - NBA Dwyane Wade Miami Heat + more

DENVER -- Dwyane Wade's had countless sprained ankles in his life but said he was never in as much pain as he was after rolling his right ankle Friday night.

Wade said he feared his ankle was broken after he landed on Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington's foot in the fourth quarter of the Miami Heat's 117-104 loss. X-rays showed that wasn't the case. But Wade's status was unclear as he left the Pepsi Center with the Heat on a three-game losing streak.

"It never hurt that bad before," Wade said. "It's not broken so that is the positive. Everything else . . . you know. I've sprained my ankle plenty of times but I've never sprained it like that before."

Wade was coming to help on defense when he landed on Harrington's foot, jamming his own foot before bowing his ankle on the court. Wade was able to put weight on the foot and walked to the team bus without crutches. The Heat don't play again until Tuesday, Wade's 30th birthday, when they host the San Antonio Spurs. They play the Los Angeles Lakers next Thursday.

Already dealing with a sore left foot that kept him out of three games last week, Wade suffered a strained calf in the Heat's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. He spent more than six hours getting treatment on Thursday and skipped the team's shootaround Friday morning to deal with those injuries.

"He's got a lot of injuries going on right now," LeBron James said. "Hopefully he can take the next couple of days off his feet and will feel better by Tuesday."

Brian Windhorst covers the NBA for ESPN.com.