Dwyane Wade sits out Heat practiceEmail Print Comments By Brian Windhorst
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade spent the end of the Miami Heat's practice Tuesday morning sitting on the sidelines talking to team president Pat Riley. That was the most action he saw all day.
Wade skipped the workout to rest his sore right quad, which he injured when he took a knee from New Jersey Nets' forward Travis Outlaw in a game Sunday. He is considered questionable for the Heat's Wednesday home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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"I'm going to see how I feel, I'm going to be day-to-day," Wade said. "I'm going to get treatment and therapy and make a decision tomorrow."
With the start of the playoffs less than two weeks away, Wade will have to weigh taking time off to let the potentially nagging injury heal or continue to help the Heat fight for playoff positioning.
Currently, Miami leads the Boston Celtics by a half game for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat host Boston on Sunday.
"We're battling for [No.] 2 right now, you want to be out there," Wade said. "You also want to make sure going that down the stretch with the playoffs coming and big games this weekend that you make the right decision."
The Heat's bigger decision over the next 24-48 hours may not involve Wade, however.
According to a league source, the Heat are seriously considering signing free agent center Eddy Curry to a contract for the rest of the season. Curry worked out for the team recently and, sources said, is waiting for an answer from the Heat.
Miami would have to cut a player to make room for Curry, who has not played this season and only played in 10 games over the last three seasons with the New York Knicks. Curry has been working out in Chicago with trainer Tim Glover, attempting to get in shape for late-season help.
According to sources, Curry's camp and the Heat have been in contact since he reached a buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves in February. Joining the Heat has been his preferred choice all along.
It may not factor into their decision, but the Heat have not been getting encouraging signs from injured forward Udonis Haslem in his return from foot surgery.
Haslem accompanied the team on its recent four-day road trip. But he experienced soreness following workouts and has had to scale back his workout frequency and intensity.
When Haslem tore the Lisfranc ligament in his foot in November it seemed like a season-ending injury, but the team was holding out hope he could return in late March or early April. As of now, coach Erik Spoelstra said, there is no timetable for a return.