Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will be honored prior to his final regular season home game on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. However, despite the aura surrounding the event, scheduling conflicts will prevent TNT from televising the Heat’s game against the Sixers.
Per source, TNT had strong interest in carrying Heat-76ers instead of Boston-Washington on Tuesday night but couldn't because Heat game couldn't be moved up to 7 because of pregame Wade ceremony and TNT couldn't move later the 930 pm Houston-OKC game.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 4, 2019
Wade, who has received accolades from opposing teams and crowds all season long, announced last September that the 2018-19 season would be the final season of his NBA career. Since Was has played as a member of the Heat for more than 14 seasons, Miami’s planned celebration figures to far surpass efforts by other teams around the league.
TNT’s decision will prevent a national audience from witnessing the high point of Wade’s “One Last Dance” retirement tour. Yet both Wade and the Heat are currently more concerned with making sure that the game against the 76ers isn’t the final game he plays at American Airlines Arena.
Entering Friday night’s action, the Heat are currently one-half game behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. With four games remaining, the Heat have a 38-40 record and a challenging final week of games.
The Heat starts their final stretch on the road in Minnesota before heading for a Sunday afternoon clash at Toronto. That’s followed by the Philadelphia game, which precedes Miami’s regular season finale in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
Whether or not Wade and the Heat can extend the season remains to be seen.