Updating a previous post, Dwyane Wade (knee) said he will play in Wednesday's Game 5.
Wade is considered a game-time decision and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said earlier that Wade would warm up with the intention of playing. Unless there's a setback in warmups, it sounds like he'll be in the lineup as the Heat try to close out the Bulls and avoid heading back to Chicago for Game 6.
Dwyane Wade (knee) went through shootaround on Wednesday, but he'll be reevaluated before tipoff and is a game-time decision.
Wade's knee was good enough for him to go through shootaround, and we can't imagine the team would jeopardize his status by allowing him to participate if he wasn't able to play. It's possible the Heat hold him out as a precaution with a commanding 3-1 lead against a badly injured Bulls team, but we won't get official word until just before tipoff.
Chris Bosh will not change his approach on the inside when battling for rebounds.
"Boxing out, there's a bunch of different techniques you can use and everything," Bosh said. "I've really been searching this season to find what works best for me and a lot of times I'm in situations where people only pay attention to numbers. I never really got caught up in that. I just wanted to do whatever it took to help this team win." Bosh's contributions are often overlooked, but there's no doubting his importance to the Heat.
Dwyane Wade (knee) will receive another round of treatment on Tuesday, and he'll be reevaluated before Wednesday's Game 5.
Wade doesn't need any additional MRI exams or his knee drained, but the multiple bone bruises are causing him issues. Unfortunately, rest is the only thing that will help Wade, and that's not an option at this point in the playoffs. We're considering him day-to-day in advance of Wednesday's Game 5. For what it's worth, Wade says he will play Wednesday.
Chris Bosh's strong effort from Friday carried over into Monday's win over the Bulls, shooting 7-of-10 from the field for 14 points with six boards, one assist, one steal and four blocks in 35 minutes.
Bosh put up 20 points on Friday and his game is clicking at the right time. He's shot at least 50 percent in six of the eight playoff games to go with an impressive 2.0 blocks per game on the other end this postseason. With Dwyane Wade hurting a bit, Bosh stepping up could go a long way.
LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points in Monday's 88-65 victory at Chicago, while adding seven boards, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.
He shot 9-of-20 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. His free throw shooting has vastly improved lately, making 19-of-20 in his last two games. LeBron's so-so production at the line has really been the only missing piece of the puzzle to his offensive game, so he'll be even tougher to stop should his improvement continue.
Erik Spoelstra praised Ray Allen, saying he's been "exactly what we wanted this year."
"He's a fourth-quarter killer with the mindset that you have to know and be aware of where he is at all times in the fourth quarter," Spoelstra said. Allen averages 10 minutes during the fourth-quarter, the highest average during his 17-year career. "He creates more space for our best players," Spoelstra added.