The Miami Heat are trying to limit the amount of back-to-back games that Dwyane Wade plays this season. In the second night of a back-to-back this past weekend, Wade scored only four points against the Charlotte Bobcats on 1-for-7 shooting. He was unable to play most of the second half because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee.
Miami had two full days off before returning to the court Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks and Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. There was no secret Wade would not play in both games, and head coach Erik Spoelstra decided to give him the night off Tuesday even though it was a home game. Logically you would think he would take Wednesday night off and maybe not even travel so he could stay home and rest for the next game which is Saturday against Orlando again.
Miami not only won Tuesday night without Wade, but nobody played more than 31 minutes. The bench was able to contribute 45 points and the Heat got their most well rounded effort of the season. It may not have been the plan for Wade to get both nights off, but with the success of the second unit and the amount of rest the starters got last night, they should sit him out again.
Orlando is not one of the better teams in the league, and Wade should not be needed to beat them. One thing they do have is a very physical shooting guard in Arron Afflalo who is not only averaging over 21 points a game but is also one of the best defensive shooting guards in the league. He will be a tough matchup for an ailing Wade when Miami has the ball and make Wade work a lot when the Heat are on defense.
If the Heat are trying to reduce the wear and tear on Wade they may want to reduce the amount of times he plays against the physical shooting guards like Afflalo, Tony Allen and Lance Stephenson. One game against those guys will be as physically taxing as playing in a back-to-back and not ideal for the longevity of an aging Wade.