Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.2 points and 1.5 steals per game this season. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will be on the bench with a hamstring injury for his fifth consecutive games on Friday, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.
Wade first felt tightness in his left hamstring late in the team's loss to the Indiana Pacers last week, reports ESPN, and has been sidelined ever since.
The All-Star guard did show some progress on the injury recently, participating in most of the team's Thursday practice as well as Friday's pre-game warm-ups as Miami prepares to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home.
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The Heat have been careful with Wade's health all season, sitting him in the second game of most back-to-backs, and keeping him on the sideline for 24 of 75 games this season.