Erik Spoelstra Says No Minutes Restriction for Dwyane Wade This Season

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One could argue that Dwyane Wade has been slowed down by injuries in recent seasons.

The Miami Heat star has failed to play at least 70 games in a single season since the 2010-11 season. As recently as last year, Wade dealt with a couple of hamstring injuries as he missed 20 games despite a statistically productive season.

Despite these injury setbacks, head coach Erik Spoelstra does not plan to restrict the 33-year-old’s minutes for the 2015-16 season. Spoestra stated the following at his press conference on Wednesday in regards to Wade, via Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:

Two seasons ago, when the Heat made their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, Spoelstra designed a preventative maintenance program for Wade. The program was put in place to keep the veteran guard healthy heading into the postseason stretch.

However, that was also a different time period for the franchise—LeBron James was leading the team and the Heat could afford to rest Wade for multiple games.

Heading into the 2015-16 season, there is no doubt that the Heat will lean heavily on Wade. With the former Finals MVP losing weight this offseason, it should be interesting to see how his body holds up.

The health of No. 3 will likely dictate how successful Miami is as a team this year.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.