MINNEAPOLIS — Seemingly stuck amid nagging knee ailments and illnesses, Heat guard Dwyane Wade can’t help but be perturbed.
“There’s always frustration,” said Wade, who underwent offseason shockwave therapy on his right knee after missing 13 games last season. “Everyone wants to be 100 percent every day, but it’s a part of the game.”
He’ll get a chance to exact some of that angst Saturday night at the Target Center.
After missing Miami’s past two outings, including Thursday’s tilt in Chicago due to flu-like symptoms, Wade is back in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The nine-time All-Star avoided his sixth DNP of the season, though he’s still battling lingering effects of a cold-type bug he caught earlier in the week.
“I’ll try and go out there and see how I feel and take it from there,” said Wade, who is averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. “I’ve had a couple days to recover. … I may have to get out there and try to run it up out of me early. It’s gonna be rough early, but I’ll be alright.”
Wade’s frequent absences have the Heat looking to trade for more backcourt help, according to reports. Coach Erik Spoelstra is currently holding him out of back-to-backs — Miami has six of those in the next six weeks.
While Wade returns to action, former Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is out with a hamstring injury for Saturday night’s game. Signed this offseason as a free agent, Beasley will miss his sixth game of the year.