Heat superstar guard Dwyane Wade played the unusual role of sixth man Sunday against the Spurs, coming off the bench to score eight points in Miami's 113-101 win. On Tuesday, Wade told reporters he expects to return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Thunder.
Wade's game as a non-starter came in his return to the court after missing four games with knee soreness. Coach Erik Spoelstra said coming off the bench for the first time since the 2007-08 season was Wade's idea.
Spoelstra didn't rule out a day-to-day sixth man role for Wade as he worked his way back. After practicing Tuesday, Wade said he's ready to drop any talk of him being the Heat's sixth man.
"We can quit that conversation right now," Wade said.
Wade rested eight days after experiencing pain and soreness during the Heat's last road trip. He said he took the reserve role to work his way back into game shape without disrupting the team’s chemistry.
Dwyane Wade said after Heat practice today he expects to return to starting lineup tomorrow against Thunder.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 28, 2014
The Heat's Dwyane Wade on whether his new sixth man role is here to stay: "We can quit that conversation right now." — Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 28, 2014