Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said that there's been times when this season has "been awful."
The Heat have dealt with a rash of injuries this year and currently sit at 34–43 with five games remaining. Wade said the team's injuries have been "the story of the 2014-2015 season."
Miami center Chris Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots in his lung in February and is not scheduled to resume basketball activities until September. Forward Josh McRoberts has been out since December after undergoing knee surgery for a meniscus tear, and Wade has dealt with a hamstring injury and a knee bruise this season. Center Hassan Whiteside has been recently sidelined after getting stitches in his hand and forward Luol Deng will have an MRI on his left knee on Monday.
"We come into the locker room and you don't know who's going to be on the court with you," said Wade. "So that's the one thing that's been a little disappointing, that we haven't had a majority of our guys — not even one or two guys, but like the majority of our guys — every game. That's been the most disappointing thing."
The Heat currently sit tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Boston Celtics for the final playoff spot in the conference. Wade said his team is "still in" the playoff hunt and has "got to keep going" despite the injuries.
"Hopefully some good can come out of it in these last couple of weeks," Wade said. "The good coming out of it would be fighting through everything that we fought through and making the playoffs. That would be a great accomplishment for this team. So I'm still hopeful that some good will come out of this season."
Miami hosts the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
- Molly Geary