Dwyane Wade is getting treatment “around the clock” for his aching right knee, and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said they’ll wait until today to decide whether the Heat star will play in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
With a chance to sweep the series, something the Heat haven’t done since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Wade in Miami, the All-Star guard is sure to want to play. But with the outcome of the series almost inevitable — no team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series — and so much of the playoffs left, resting might be the wiser option.
Bosh says it’s a difficult call. But he and his teammates trust Wade to make the best decision for himself and the Heat.
Celtics running behind
The Boston Celtics’ quest for an 18th championship looks as if it will have to wait.
They are facing a 3-0 deficit in their first-round series against the New York Knicks, and no NBA team has overcome that.
So the Celtics are thinking much smaller than another title when they host Game 4 today.
Coach Doc Rivers said on Saturday that: “You’ve got to focus on the single game. You can’t win four without winning one.”
Even that looks tough for a Boston team that has been completely dominated.
The Knicks want the sweep, which would put them in the second round for the first time since 2000.
Spurs are surging
Facing an 0-3 deficit to the surging San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers probably will run out of games in their season before they run out of healthy players. But it’ll be close.
Coach Mike D’Antoni says Metta World Peace won’t play in Game 4 of the first-round series today. . He struggled through the biggest home loss in Los Angeles playoff history Friday night, hours after getting fluid drained from a cyst behind his left knee.
World Peace will join Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks on the sideline when Los Angeles tries to avoid its first elimination in the first round since 2007.
The Spurs are also hurting a bit: They’ll be without starting forward Tiago Splitter, who sprained his left ankle in Game 3.
Westbrook has surgery
Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks said All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was scheduled to have knee surgery on Saturday. The team announced that Westbrook would need the surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and that he would be out indefinitely.