It's been nearly a month since Dwyane Wade has played more than 23 minutes in a game, but coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday there will be no restriction with his All-Star guard when the Miami Heat open the NBA playoffs Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena.

That doesn't mean there also won't be a cautious approach with Wade having played in just three games since missing nine with a strained left hamstring.

"I don't have a restriction with him," Spoelstra said, as the Heat completed playoff preparations Saturday. "So I don't necessarily have a window, either.

"I'm going to read his body language; I'm going to read the game. I'm going to have communication constantly with him. But he's cleared to play. So neither one of us want to put a restriction on it, but we're also realistic and we'll be smart about it."

Wade said he is appreciative of the best-of-seven opening-round schedule that gave the Heat a three-day break before the playoffs and then two days off before each of the series' second and third games.