After sitting out two games this past week, Dwyane Wade played in Sunday’s All-Star Game and is considered probable for the Miami Heat’s next game on Tuesday.
The Heat’s shooting guard has missed a total of 15 games this season with various ailments, but that didn’t stop the future Hall of Famer from participating in his 10th All-Star Game. Wade played 12 minutes, scoring 10 points in the Eastern Conference’s record-breaking 163-155 win in New Orleans.
Wade took a big risk by playing — and a selfish one at that — but he came out unscathed, meaning he’ll likely suit up for the Heat’s game vs. the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. Fantasy basketball owners can breathe a sigh of relief — for now.
This year’s game featured some of the worst defense ever seen in the history of the competition, and Wade was just as guilty as the rest of his teammates. Overall, his play was rather lackluster, and the highlight of the night featured him — and LeBron James — getting absolutely embarrassed by the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry on a nasty between-the-legs move:
Although Wade has been a headache for fantasy owners all season, having him in the lineup this Tuesday will be a big boost. When Wade does play, he’s averaging 18.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals, and shooting a career-high 54.8 percent from the field.
Owners who picked up Michael Beasley or Ray Allen in Wade’s absence shouldn’t be rushing to to drop them if they can afford the roster spot. The Heat play again on Thursday, and it would be wise for owners to make sure Wade is given a clean bill of health before cutting them. Beasley (1.7 percent owned on ESPN.com) scored 16 points in 24 minutes in Wednesday’s win over the Warriors.