Miami Heat news: Dwyane Wade working his way back to full strength

That was his feeling on the decision to suit up last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wade aggravated his sore left foot and missed the final two games of the Miami Heat's six-game trip.

"I didn't do myself any justice playing in that (Clippers) game," Wade said after Monday's practice. "I could have used the extra rest, and maybe I could have been back by the Phoenix game on the road, or I really could be ready going into the game Wednesday (versus Milwaukee)."

Wade now is listed as day-to-day for the game against the Bucks. He said playing against the Clippers sounded like the right move before tipoff. It was a nationally televised game against one of the league's hottest teams. The fact the Heat had struggled recently on the road against the Clippers also played a factor.

"It was just a big game, and you want to play," Wade said. "You look back and say to yourself, 'Uh, maybe I shouldn't have done that.' But you make your mistakes and you learn from them."

Wade said he aggravated the injury when attempting to split a screen on offense. He first suffered the injury two nights earlier after stepping on Chris Bosh's foot against the Houston Rockets, causing Wade to end the trip the same way he started it. He missed the front end of the trek because of a flu-like illness.

He returned two nights later against the Memphis Grizzlies, but said he will use more caution when deciding to play through injury or sickness.

"You'd like to say you've gotten smarter from it, but I'm 10 years in," Wade said. "Sometimes I make the right decision, sometimes I haven't. Everyone goes through something. You've just got to deal with it. Sometimes you can deal with it and play through it. Sometimes you're hurting yourself even more. You've got to do what's smart."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it remains too early to tell if Wade will be ready by Wednesday. He was able to complete a full workout Monday.

"It was a full-contact practice," Spoelstra said. "He was working the game, working his conditioning, working his quick twitch. It was a good step forward."

The Heat are hoping to use this upcoming stretch as opportunity to regain health. They have just two games this week and then five days between Saturday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs Nov. 29.

In addition to Wade, forward LeBron James and guard Mario Chalmers also had minor setbacks during the trip. James battled the flu throughout the trip while Chalmers missed one game because of a strained muscle in his arm.

"I feel better than I did two days ago," James said. "It was just going around, D-Wade had it a little bit. Some people on the team had it. It's just been going around. I'm glad it's passing."

The Heat play 10 of their next 11 games at home. The reduced travel should provide perfect opportunity for them to heal and recover from the recent trip, which they finished 4-2.

"We want to take advantage of this opportunity," James said. "For us to get better in our practice, get better in our games but also take advantage of the days that we don't have games and get back healthy. "We have a lot of guys that's banged up right now. The schedule is working out for us finally."

Bosh added: "It's a good balance. You kind of know it's coming sometimes after a tough road trip … It's a good feeling. You just have to know when the pressure comes back on, we'll have to take care of home court. It's a huge opportunity for us to kind of propel ourselves forward a lot more and get better."


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