OAKLAND – The biggest problem Tuesday night was the opponent, the way the Warriors came back from a 17-point deficit in the final minute of the third quarter to earn a tie at the end of regulation and eventually a 111-106 win at Oracle Arena.
That was the worst of it for Dwyane Wade. While that was bad enough – a second Heat loss in 10 tries, a blown lead, the 22 turnovers – he reported no problems with the left foot other than playing a little longer than expected in a return to action after missing three games with a bruised left foot.
“Just some discomfort, but no pain,” Wade said after playing 32 minutes in regulation and then, when it once didn’t seem necessary, five more in overtime. “I felt OK. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel good and I can get another game under my belt. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, trying to get back into my rhythm, the way that I like to be in my rhythm.”
Wade scored 20 points in 14 minutes in the first half and finished with a game-high 34, along with six rebounds and four steals, in hoping to find the fine line between hurrying back with a shortened schedule but not risking aggravating the injury by rushing back.
“That’s why I took three games off,” he said. “I just had to be cautious. I probably would have played through it if was another time. I understand that this year is different. Our bodies are going to go through a lot and there’s not a lot of time to recover. I tried to be smart and I felt I was good enough to go today. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel just as good and get out there and help my team win.”
Tomorrow being Wednesday and the second game of the back-to-back, against the Clippers in Los Angeles, with Wade hoping to play but waiting to see how the foot reacts overnight before saying for sure he will play.
“We’ll have to see how he feels,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.