Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talked as if it was no big deal.
On Saturday, he spoke for the first time about his four-game absence from the lineup because of knee soreness. At this point, Wade is accustomed to the pain in his troublesome knees.
He said there wasn’t a setback after playing against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 17, his last appearance.
“At this point, there ain’t no setbacks,” Wade said after practice.
“It’s just what I’ve been dealing with, what I’ve been dealing with all year. I don’t know where or how much back I can go. So it’s the same thing. I realized it ain’t called a ‘setback.’ It’s called, ‘What I’m dealing with.’ Let me change the meaning of that. At that time it was a setback. Now it’s not. It’s what I deal with.”
The fact he returned to practice was a good sign he may play today against the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena. Coach Erik Spoelstra was encouraged by the workout.
“He practiced,” Spoelstra said. “It was a full scale practice after the day off, pretty much for most of the guys. We were able to get some work in today and that was encouraging.”
A RECORD NIGHT — A day after scoring 62 points, Carmelo Anthony rested.
The New York Knicks opted not to practice Saturday, what with a shrinking number of healthy players and four games in the next week. There was also a sense in the locker room that Anthony’s performance Friday in a 125-96 win against Charlotte was something his teammates wanted to savor.
“We all needed it,” Anthony said after the victory, in which he broke the Knicks’ single-game scoring record. “We needed it as a morale booster, a confidence booster. The way everybody played tonight, not just myself, the tempo of the game. And it always helps when the ball is going through the hoop.”
RETURN TO BOSTON — Paul Pierce might have trouble finding the visitors’ locker room or controlling his emotions in his return to Boston.
But beating the Celtics should be the easy part.
Pierce and Kevin Garnett will face their former team on their old home court for the first time tonight since the blockbuster trade that sent them to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night.
Pierce is the Celtics’ former captain who spent all 15 of his previous seasons with Boston. Garnett was there for the last six. They were traded as part of the Celtics’ rebuilding project.