Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Dwyane Wade Doesn't Want A Farewell Tour, Will Be In Miami 'Forever'

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Nicole Thomas | 15 February, 2018, 16:03

With Miami scheduled to play at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night and the Raptors off to Chicago immediately after the tip with a Wednesday date with the Bulls on tap, it's possible Toronto goes into the all-star break riding a season-high eight-game winning streak.

Wade spent his first 13 seasons with the Miami Heat after being selected fifth overall out of Marquette in the 2003 NBA Draft. "Like you're going down a dark alley, here comes a group of guys with a baseball bat and you say, 'oh, hey, where's the baseball game?' It's 12 o'clock at night, you know what's coming around the corner".

The Heat have 25 regular season games left, and are now placed as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Raptors: F OG Anunoby started after leaving Sunday's win at Charlotte because of a sprained right ankle. We got a game tomorrow we got to worry about and then enjoy a break.

Dwyane Wade is no longer one of LeBron James' teammates, but he is still one of his closest friends. Last year, they were eight games below.500 at this point before ending the season with a strong push that left them one victory shy of making the postseason.

Much has been made about veterans resting, especially on the second night of back-to-backs, but Wade, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, said that isn't the plan. The forward injured the shoulder in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic on February 5.

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I'm all right", he said of the hip, per Ryan Ward of Clutch Points. Obviously, I am going to help him out. I mean, I don't know really any plays.

"Not right now", Spoelstra said when asked if he had considered Wade as a starter, "I'm not thinking that".

With Olynyk out, the Heat could again at times go with Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo, who were effective against Milwaukee, to face Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka.

Led by 27 points from DeMar DeRozan, Toronto boasted a 16-point advantage with 4:42 remaining and looked to be cruising to another double-digit victory. The best chance of that came this year, with the Cavs signing Wade and chasing Anthony in the offseason.

"I'm upset, even though we won because I know what's coming around the corner", said the Raptors head coach.

"It was great, man", Whiteside said. "It's certainly not our road map and we paid the price for it, but you have to give them credit, they played well". It's a lot different when he's out there. He's an option off the bench at most at this point in his career.

For what it's worth, given the fact there are plenty of games left to be played before the playoffs, the Raptors are sitting pretty.

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