Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said Monday he regrets his decision to play in last week’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he initially hurt his sore left foot two nights earlier in Houston.
Wade is still dealing with a foot bruise that has kept him out of Miami’s past two games and currently leaves him questionable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee.
The Heat resumed practice Monday after arriving home early Sunday morning from a six-game trip that ended with Saturday’s victory in Phoenix. Wade was able to do some work in practice and spent additional time on the sideline of the Heat’s practice facility working with a team trainer.
“I didn’t do myself any justice playing in that (Clippers) game,” Wade said Monday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. “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.”
Wade sustained the foot bruise when he landed on teammate Chris Bosh’s foot during last Monday’s game against the Rockets. He returned to finish the game but underwent an X-ray two days later in Los Angeles about an hour before the game against the Clippers.
Test results were negative, and Wade decided to play through the discomfort. He missed 8 of 10 shots, scored a season-low six points and had five turnovers in 29 minutes. Looking back on that decision on Monday, Wade said he would have skipped that game to rest the foot. Asked by ESPN.com if he should have played against the Clippers, Wade responded flatly: “Nope.”
“It was just a big game and you want to play,” said Wade, who aggravated the injury when he attempted to split a screen and drive to the basket. “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.”