The highlight of yesterday’s NBA action was the ending of the second-longest winning streak in league history. While it was disappointing to see the Miami Heat lose for the first time since early February, there was something else that was even more alarming. Late in the fourth quarter, Dwyane Wade landed awkwardly, held his knee and hobbled for a few minutes.
Wade finished the game and later brushed off the injury in the postgame interview. It might not be anything serious, but it is still concerning. Before taking on the Chicago Bulls, Wade missed two games while treating a minor knee injury and the grueling regular season is most certainly taking a toll on his body.
In the offseason, Wade underwent knee surgery to relieve some nagging pain and was ready to go at the start of the season. He has looked good for the majority of this year, putting up great numbers and looking as athletic as ever.
But playing the way Wade does throughout the year inevitably causes some wear and tear injuries, especially to the knees. When your game is based on running the floor and playing above the rim, awkward landings and constant pressure on your joints is simply not something you can avoid.
With the winning streak out of the way, the Heat have quite literally nothing left to play for until the postseason tip off. This is the perfect time to give Wade some much needed rest to make sure he is at his best come playoff time.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist at RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis