The Heat Are Struggling Without Wade


LeBron James believes the Miami Heat might have to alter their preparations if teammate Dwyane Wade continues to miss games as he deals with persistent knee soreness.

Wade missed his third straight game, his longest consecutive stretch of the season, Tuesday night against Boston with what the team continues to say is general soreness and part of a proactive maintenance program. Wade has missed 12 of 42 games so far and has had issues with both knees in recent years.

But Wade’s current stretch of absences has been related to an ongoing recovery process from his offseason shock-wave therapy treatment on his right kneecap, which was bruised last spring and hampered him throughout the Heat’s run to a second straight championship.

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