The status of Dwyane Wade is in question for Monday's game vs. the Wizards. Wade, who isn't sure he'll play, carried the Miami Heat on Sunday, playing 40 minutes and scoring 25 points in an overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.
To preserve his knees, Wade, 32, has sat out most of Miami's back-to-back sets this season. He only has played twice without a day's rest and his numbers take a sharp downturn. He averages 9.0 points, shoots 30% from the field and commits almost three turnovers.
Wade has had procedures on both knees and has missed 16 games this season. But he was a deserving All-Star, averaging 19.1 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds, shooting career-highs of 55.3% from the field and 36% from three-point range.
If Wade isn't able to play, that means LeBron James has to play an even more assertive role. Trevor Ariza, who has sick with the flu in the last meeting, will have the task of trying to limit the damage.
TV: There is no pregame or postgame shows because this will be aired on the overflow channel, CSN+, with tipoff 7:30 p.m. ET from American Airlines Arena. Radio: 1500 AM.
Last game: Wizards (33-29) won at Milwaukee Bucks 114-107 on Saturday; Heat (43-17) lost at Chicago Bulls 95-88 OT on Sunday.
Last meeting: Wizards won in a blowout 114-97 at Verizon Center on Jan. 15, scoring 43 points in the opening quarter and finishing with seven players in double-figure scoring. Season series: 1-1.
Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Heat –- PG Mario Chalmers, SG Dwayne Wade, SF Shane Battier, PF LeBron James, C Chris Bosh.
X-factor: Backup C Kevin Seraphin (right knee) is listed as day-to-day so he could play for the first time in eight games, though that doesn't appear likely.
Around the bend: The Wizards will depart after the game to return to D.C. late Monday, likely will practice Tuesday at Verizon Center and play a home game vs. the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday (CSN, 7).