05/18/13 - 3:34PM ETGeorge Hill
: (Concussion) Cleared to Play
Hill (concussion) has been cleared to play for Game 6 against the Knicks, Pacers.com reports.
Hill missed his previous game with a concussion and D.J. Augustin started in his place. With the news of league clearance per concussion policies, expect Augustin to return to the bench in favor of Hill.
Wednesday, May 15
05/15/13 - 2:48PM ETDwyane Wade
: (Knee) Playing Wednesday
Wade (knee) said that he will play in Wednesday's Game 5 against Chicago, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Wade, who was officially listed as a game-time decision following his participation in morning shootaround, will take part in pregame warmups, implying that he's all systems go. Barring a setback, expect him to take the court, though in what capacity is to be determined.
Wade (knee) participated in morning shootaround and will be a game-time call for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Bulls, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wade is currently suffering through multiple bone bruises in his right knee, which the team's medical and training staffs will exam before potentially clearing him to play Wednesday. However, considering the mostly one-sided nature of the Heat's last three wins over the Bulls, holding Wade out would likely be the prudent approach, as a setback could severely hinder him the remainder of the postseason.
Martin (illness) will start Tuesday's Game 4 at Indiana, New York Times reports.
Martin should log close to his normal run, 20-to-25 minutes, as the Knicks trot out a big lineup for the first time in the second-round series. He'll replace Pablo Prigioni in the starting five, allowing Carmelo Anthony to roam the court in his typical small forward spot.
05/14/13 - 3:21PM ETJ.R. Smith
: Set To Suit Up Tuesday
Smith (illness) will suit up for Tuesday's Game 4 at Indiana, New York Newsday reports.
After a few days of will he or won't he, Smith is active Tuesday following a groggy past four days. He was largely ineffective in his 25 minutes Saturday, recording just nine points and one board in 25 minutes. However, better health should allow him to provide his typical scoring punch off the bench, as the Knicks look to avoid going down 3-1 in the series.
Shumpert's MRI on his left knee showed no structural damage, and he will start Tuesday's Game 4 at Indiana, New York Newsday reports.
Shumpert was still experiencing soreness and swelling in the knee, which may hinder him from logging 30-to-35 minutes, as he has done through the first three games against the Pacers. Even he is held back, J.R. Smith (illness) is available to pick up the slack on the wing.
Wade will receive treatment on his ailing right knee Tuesday but remains day-to-day for Wednesday's Game 5 against Chicago, ESPN.com reports.
Wade will consult with the Heat's medical and training staff to figure out his availability for Game 5, but considering he was so clearly hampered by the injury Monday, there is a possibility that he sits out, as he did in the first-round clincher in Game 4 at Milwaukee. If he is sidelined Wednesday, Mike Miller and Ray Allen would cover for Wade at shooting guard.
Wade aggravated a bone bruise in his right knee during Monday's Game 4 victory at Chicago, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
While multiple MRIs have revealed that there is no evident structural damage, Wade himself stated that three separate bone bruises exist in the knee. Moreover, when the region is re-taped, it was discovered that he must move his right kneecap over in order to avoid painful rubbing. The ailment is not an encouraging sign for his ability to stay healthy for the remainder of the postseason, but the Heat have already endured two extended stays on the sideline for Wade during the regular season, so expect Mike Miller and Ray Allen to help alleviate the pressure at two-guard, if Wade is at all limited going forward.