MIAMI -- On his 30th birthday last January, Dwyane Wade wasn't overly thrilled being shut down due to injury. It turned out to be a good present.
It's time for the Miami Heat again to do what's best for Wade's even if he might not like it.
The shooting guard is hurting. After making progress in his recovery from knee surgery last July, Wade has been bothered in the past week by a sprained left foot and a jammed right thumb.
Wade missed Thursday's 98-93 win at Denver primarily due to the foot problem. It remains to be seen if he will sit out at Phoenix on Saturday, when the Heat conclude a six-game trip. But it would make sense if he did.
Wade early last season was bothered by a sprained right ankle. The Heat made the decision to shut him down for two weeks, the first game he missed being against San Antonio on Jan. 17, Wade's 30th birthday.
After Wade returned, he looked a lot better, averaging 24.9 points during a nine-game stretch. Wade later missed eight games in April due t...