Fortunately for the Wizards, they get up for games such as Monday's vs. the Miami Heat. And this one will be at Verizon Center, where they manhandled them 114-97 three months ago and are in a must-win to maintain the No. 6 seed. Unfortunately for the Wizards, the Heat are playing for something, too, which is unusual for them this late in the season as the East's No. 1 seed still is undecided.
Oh, and Dwyane Wade is back in the lineup. Wade had a strained left hamstring that forced him to miss nine games. He played Friday and had 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting in just 23 minutes. The Heat, however, still lost in convincing fashion at the Atlanta Hawks 98-85. LeBron James scored 27 but they only had eight points from the bench and an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers. It was their fourth loss in six games.
Wade intends to play the final two games of the regular season under a minutes restriction, but coach Erik Spoelstra sounds more cautious. The Wizards (42-38) held out Nene in Saturday's win vs. the Milwaukee Bucks in the second game of a back-to-back to preserve him.
"Right now everything is based on us: How is our health?" Spoelstra said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "How are our guys feeling? And we'll make those decisions on Monday."
So even if Wade plays here, it'll be a limited dose which opens up more minutes for Ray Allen coming off the bench.
"I've still got a ways to go," Wade told the Sun-Sentinel. "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 continually working out. I felt the benefits of my workouts that I've been doing. So I'm continuing."