Dwyane Wade was ruled out for the Miami Heat’s game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night because of mild knee soreness.
The Heat have been giving Wade sporadic breaks this season in an effort to not overly tax his legs. Coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade arrived at the arena Monday night ready and expecting to play, but that the team decided it was best to give him the game off.
Ray Allen was inserted into the starting lineup in Wade’s place.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for Wade, who got engaged to Gabrielle Union on Saturday and was selected Monday as the Eastern Conference’s player of the week. He averaged 26.3 points on 60 percent shooting in a 3-0 week for Miami.
KNICKS FORWARD HURT — After trying to repeatedly heal his surgically repaired left knee by having it drained of fluid, Metta World Peace said that he will undergo Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy on Jan. 6.
The New York Knicks forward would not rule out playing before the procedure and also said that there is a possibility he could return almost immediately after the procedure. But he also faced the possibility that he could miss an extended period of time.
HARDEN STILL OUT — Houston guard James Harden is out for a second consecutive game for the Rockets against the Mavericks, but Jeremy Lin will play after missing time with back spasms.
Harden, who leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points a game, sat out Monday night with a sprained left ankle. Lin missed four games recently with back spasms.
The Rockets are also without guard Patrick Beverley, who has a right hand injury and center Omer Asik, who has missed the last nine games with a right thigh bruise.
FELTON FEELS FINE — New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson says point guard Raymond Felton is feeling better and is back in the starting lineup.
Felton returned to the floor Monday night against the Magic after missing New York’s past six games with a strained left hamstring. But Woodson said forward Metta World Peace missed his second game in a row with a sore left knee.
The Knicks, coming off a loss to Memphis on Saturday, have struggled during stretches this season because of injuries. They had beaten the Magic in each of their past seven meetings.
NBA FINES BARNES — The NBA fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after he was ejected in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Minnesota.
The league announced the $25,000 penalty on Monday.
Barnes was thrown out with 56.8 seconds left in the quarter after he was whistled for a flagrant 2 foul against Kevin Love on a drive to the basket. The Clippers went on to a 120-116 overtime victory. Barnes’ foul was downgraded to a flagrant 1 after it was reviewed by the league.