Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller sit
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade and Mike Miller sat out Friday's 105-82 win against the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats as part of what Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called a "maintenance program" to help them recover from nagging injuries.
Wade, the Heat's second-leading scorer behind LeBron James, missed his 12th game of the season. He has been slowed recently by knee and ankle injuries that forced him out of two games. Miller, who has missed 26 games this season for various injuries, also is dealing with ankle soreness.
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Spoelstra, as he's done a few times this season, denied Wade's absence means he's resting. Spoelstra insists Wade is recovering from injuries, which include a sprained ankle.
Wade and Miller both played against the Bulls, but Spoelstra revealed Friday the two players will be monitored over the final two weeks of the regular season to ensure they enter the playoffs as healthy as possible. Wade is averaging 22.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Miller, one of the league's top three-point shooters, is averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.7 minutes off the bench.
"It's more of a maintenance program for the two of them," Spoelstra said before Friday's game. "Both are a little bit sore coming off (Thursday) night. (It's) a little bit too quick of a turnaround for them. Hopefully both of them will be ready to go for Sunday."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.