Heat guard Dwyane Wade said he plans on being in the lineup more this season after missing almost a third of the season with recurring knee problems.
Wade missed 28 games last season to help his rest his knees for the Heat’s playoff run, which ended in a five-game loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. Wade is expected to pick up the slack after LeBron James left to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wade, a 10-time All-Star, said he is hopeful that he will see the court more often.
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“As many as god will let me. You always want to be on the court. This year, without LeBron, we don't have the luxury we've had the last few years,” Wade said to the Wall Street Journal. “But you can't control that. I'll hope for the best, knock on wood that everything will go great, and I'll play as many games as I can.”
Wade averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds last season for the Heat.
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