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Sunday was a day off for the Miami Heat. Well, at least for Dwyane Wade’s teammates.
For Wade there won’t be days off anytime soon, not as he continues his push back from the strained left hamstring that had him out nine games before his 24-point return in Saturday’s road loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
“I’ve still got a ways to go,” said Wade, who played 23 minutes, 18 seconds in the 98-85 loss to the Hawks, amid a plan to limit him to between 20 and 24 minutes during the initial stages of his return. “Now it’s about the next day and how you can recover from there. Your legs are a little heavier, so I’ve got to continue stretching my hamstring. I can’t forget about it.
“We’re going to have to stay on that, and I’m going to [be] continually working out.”
PISTONS PERSONNEL — A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons have decided not to renew Joe Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement on Dumars’ future, says Dumars will remain with the Pistons as an adviser.
Dumars was named the 2003 executive of the year, and the Pistons won the title the following season, adding the 2004 crown to the two they won when Dumars was a player. But Detroit hasn’t made the playoffs since 2009, and the retooled Pistons flopped badly this season.
Detroit has one of the game’s top young big men in Andre Drummond, but he’s one of the franchise’s few bright spots at the moment.
HOME IN SAN ANTONIO — Marco Belinelli spent the first six seasons of his NBA career bouncing around. He played for four teams, but now he believes he’s found a home in San Antonio. Belinelli is averaging career highs in shooting percentage, 3-point percentage, rebounds and assists.
In doing so, Belinelli has emerged as the latest in a long line of stellar role players around Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.