Dwyane Wade, who has been nursing a bruised knee, practiced Friday for the first time this week and plans to play in Game 1 of the Miami Heat's next playoff series. Wade said Friday that the Heat's extended break has allowed him to focus exclusively on getting rest and treatment for his right knee, which has endured multiple bruises and has limited his play for nearly two months. The Heat have not played since they completed a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs. Wade sat out of Game 4 after still feeling effects of soreness following the previous game. Wade was also held out of two practices this week as the Heat await the winner of the Nets-Bulls series that will be decided by Game 7 on Saturday in Brooklyn. "Right now, I'm taking it day to day, and I'm not going to jump ahead of myself," Wade said Friday. "I'm going to think positive. (Friday) was my first day back on the basketball court. We'll see how it feels tomorrow." Both Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra stopped short of publicly saying for certain that the star guard would be available when the Heat return to action Monday for Game 1 of the conference semifinals. But Wade told ESPN.com he'll be fine by Monday and expects to play. Spoelstra said he considered it a good sign Wade was able to get through all of what was a "training camp practice" on Friday that included scrimmaging and extensive conditioning sessions for about 90 minutes. But the more revealing signs might come Saturday, with Wade facing a second workout in as many days barring any overnight setbacks after missing most of the week.
Dwyane Wade planning to play
ESPN | May 3