The Miami Heat are heading to the Sleep Train Arena to take on the Sacramento Kings tonight, and one of the biggest questions heading into this matchup is, will Dwyane Wade play? Because this is the first of back-to-back games for the defending champs, the Heat’s training staff has a tough choice to make, especially with the second game coming against the best team in the league, the Portland Trail Blazers.
Wade has missed seven games so far this season, typically ones that are part of back-to-back sets, and although Heat have played moderately in Wade’s absence, his efficiency has gone through the roof and the explosion seems to be back in step. Wade is averaging 20 points, 4.8 rebounds, five assists and 2.1 steals this season, but what is most astounding is his career best 54.7 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent from three-point range. Couple that with his PER ranking 12th in the league, and one could argue this is the best version of Wade we have seen since the 2010 season, when he averaged similar numbers.
Remaining healthy seems to be the No. 1 priority for the Heat’s training staff in their approach to Wade, and the results seem to be paying in huge dividends. The Heat are only one game back from the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings, and a win tonight against the Kings will tie a record for most consecutive regular season wins against the West. Wade should absolutely sit out tonight against the Kings, and mentally prepare for a difficult game against the Trail Blazers tomorrow night.