The Miami Heat will be whole, even if guard Dwyane Wade or coach Erik Spoelstra wouldn't come out and directly say it Sunday. The Chicago Bulls? That's another story. With his most-recent game action on April 25, in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff opening-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks that the Heat would go on to sweep, Wade all but confirmed on Sunday that he has pushed past his bruised right knee and would be in the lineup for Monday's Eastern Conference semifinal series opener against the Bulls. "I feel pretty good," he said after going through a complete practice at AmericanAirlines Arena for the third consecutive day. "I felt I was always building. Obviously, a couple of extra days doesn't hurt." Wade said his greatest concern is his conditioning. "I just want to get my wind," he said. "I know, more so than anything, when you go out for a while, your wind is the first thing to go and your legs get heavy. So it's just about getting them under you early on and just getting into the game. "I know what I've got to do. I know what I need to do, so I'm not necessarily worried about that." Mike Miller started Game 4 of the Bucks series in place of Wade, with Spoelstra offering nothing definitive Sunday about Monday's starting lineup. "We'll see," he said. "I'll announce it [Monday] night." Teammate Chris Bosh said Wade looked sharp in practice over the weekend. "No concern," Bosh said. "He's fine. I think our whole team is fine. If he wanted to push, playing in Game 4, he could have done that." Forward LeBron James said the team's week between playoff series has benefited Wade. "I know D-Wade has definitely used it to his advantage and some of our other guys, as well," he said.
Heat whole, Bulls something less entering series
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