The challenge the Miami Heat face in trying to earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference might not be their only concern.
Simply making the playoffs is all that matters to the Houston Rockets.
With the status of injured star Dwyane Wade uncertain, the Heat look to bounce back from a surprising home loss by extending their winning streak over the visiting Rockets to five games Sunday night.
While LeBron James and Chris Bosh got the night off to rest their ailing bodies, Wade dislocated his left index finger early in Saturday's game and played less than three minutes. With its three superstars watching from the sidelines, Miami (45-18) had its five-game winning streak come to an end with an 86-84 loss to lowly Washington.
With three games remaining, the Heat fell 2 1/2 games behind Chicago for the top seed in the East.
"Second place is not a bad place to be,'' said Wade, who underwent X-rays that were negative and said he should be fine for the upcoming playo...