Description: Heat forward LeBron James (ankle) wasn't at shootaround this morning. He's going to be a true game-time decision Wednesday against Indiana. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Obviously every game is important but in the grand scheme of things, James can probably afford to sit this one out. It's the regular season, after all. Shane Battier would start at small forward if LeBron can't go.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James did not practice Tuesday and will be a game-time call Wednesday against Indiana. He's dealing with an ankle injury.
Insight: James was able to finish Monday's game so we're guessing his absence on Tuesday was precautionary. He should be ready when the whistle blows Wednesday against the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James left briefly with an ankle injury but was able to return and score 30 points Monday in an easy win over Utah.
Insight: James needed one more rebound and one more assist for a triple-double. He was 13-of-17 from the field. There's a reason they call this guy The King. Paul George and Kevin Durant have been great this year but nobody in the league is playing on LeBron's level right now.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play against Indiana on Tuesday night. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Wade was held out on Sunday and the team will continue to rest him sporadically throughout the year because of his chronic knee issues. LeBron James is probably going to be covered by Paul George, which could give Wade a little extra breathing room on offense.
Description: The Heat won't have Michael Beasley Saturday against the Timberwolves. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Beasley tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's loss at Chicago. He's had a resurgent season, averaging 11.4 ppg in just under 18 minutes per game. His 54.6 percent success rate from the field is easily a career-high.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (illness) participated in shootaround Saturday and will be a game-time decision against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game to protect his knees, and an illness kept him out of Thursday's contest. The guard has averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season, but his chronic knee soreness will keep him out sporadically for the rest of the season.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (illness) will miss Thursday's game against the Bulls, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game to protect his knees, and now he's dealing with an illness. The guard has averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season.
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he didn't know if guard Dwyane Wade (illness) would play Thursday, according to beat writer Ethan J. Skolnick.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game to protect his knees, and now he's dealing with an illness. The guard has averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade didn't play Tuesday, but is probable for Thursday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Wade should be fine for Thursday's matchup versus the Bulls, but given the state of his knees he could sit out one of the back-to-back games over the weekend. Frustrating? Yes, but it's probably going to play out like this all season long so get used to it.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James burned Phoenix for 35 points in Monday's win.
Insight: It was James' fifth 30-point game of the season. His 60.9 field goal percentage in 2013-14 is unheard of for a player at his position. LeBron could be headed for his third MVP award in as many seasons.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers will miss Monday's game against Phoenix because of a tight hip flexor. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: It's Chalmers' second absence of the season. He's been lethal from the three-point line this season, connecting on just under 49 percent of his tries from long range. Other than that, his numbers have been pretty ordinary (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg in 26.9 mpg).
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance Saturday in a narrow win over the Magic.
Insight: Wade put up 27 points in his first game back after sitting out the previous two contests with a knee injury. Two of the 27 came on a one-handed jam over Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic midway through the third quarter. Saturday marked the veteran's second-highest scoring output of the season (29 against the Clippers on November 7th).
Description: Heat forward LeBron James flirted with a triple-double Saturday versus Orlando.
Insight: James finished with 22 points and the Heat needed every single one of them. A fourth quarter surge propelled Miami to a two-point victory. The rest of LeBron's stat line included nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Miraculously, James has not committed a single foul in his last three contests. Miami plays its next contest Monday against Phoenix.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade is back after missing two games with a knee injury. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Wade (16.7 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.6 rpg) is probably going to be in and out of the lineup all season. He's still a fairly reliable fantasy option given the lack of depth at shooting guard throughout the league but keep in mind, this isn't the 2009 Dwyane Wade we're dealing with.
Description: Heat swingman James Jones started a second straight game Wednesday at Orlando and had 17 points and five threes in 20 minutes of play.
Insight: Jones had played just four minutes all season prior to the last two games, which he started with Dwyane Wade out. Wade's status going forward is uncertain, so Jones could see more starts, but he's only a fantasy option for owners desperate for threes in 14-16 team leagues.
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley scored 14 points with seven rebounds in just 21 minutes of play Wednesday at Orlando.
Insight: After playing a total of four minutes over the first six games of the season, Beasley has played 17.5 minutes per game and averaged 11.7 points and 2.8 rebounds over the last six. He's still not a fantasy option, however.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James produced a season-low 13 points Tuesday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: The 13 shots he attempted were his fewest since the season opener against Chicago. James is averaging a career-low 35.5 mpg this season. Despite the lack of playing time (at least by his standards), LeBron remains a top-three fantasy player.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Hawks. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: It's the first half of a back-to-back which means the Heat are probably saving Wade for Wednesday's game in Orlando. Roger Mason Jr. got the start at shooting guard the last time Wade got the night off.
Description: Dwyane Wade is probable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta. He's dealing with his chronic sore knees.
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but they will from time to time act up anyway. fantasy owners always have to check to make sure Wade is in the lineup.
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade was sore toward the end of the third quarter Saturday night, so he sat him out the rest of the game. He's expected to play Tuesday but is iffy for Wednesday. SOURCE: sun-sentinel.com
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but with Mario Chalmers suspended for a game and Ray Allen out with the flu, Miami needed Wade to start Saturday. The game was well in hand by the time Wade came out.
Description: Miami coach Erik Spoelstra limited Dwyane Wade to 23 minutes Saturday against the Bobcats.
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but with Mario Chalmers suspended for a game and Ray Allen out with the flu, Miami needed Wade to start Saturday. However, the Heat was up 26-16 after the first quarter and coasted to a 16-point win.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will start Saturday against the Bobcats.
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but with Mario Chalmers suspended for a game and Ray Allen out with the flu, Miami needs Wade in the backcourt.
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers has been suspended for Saturday's game against the Bobcats. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: Chalmers was whistled for a flagrant in Friday's win over Dallas for elbowing Dirk Nowitzki in the head. Norris Cole should get the start at point guard in Chalmers' place. He averaged 13.0 ppg in four starts last season.
Description: Dwyane Wade hounded the Mavericks for eight steals in Friday's 110-104 victory at American Airlines Arena.
Insight: The Heat shooting guard finished with 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Despite playing well on Friday, Wade is questionable for Saturday's game in Charlotte. The 31-year-old hasn't been playing in back-to-backs because of his knees.
Description: LeBron James is heating up. The Heat forward scored 39 points in Friday's victory over the Mavs.
Insight: He shot an impeccable 14-of-18 from the field. He was even better from the free throw line (10-of-11). The turnovers are a problem (six on Friday) but that's to be expected when you're handling the ball as much as James is. He's the most complete player in fantasy, hands down.
Description: Heat center Greg Oden has yet to make his season debut and there is no timetable for his return.
Insight: Oden hasn't played since December 2009, so the Heat are easing the former No. 1 overall pick back into action. He's not worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues as he'll be limited when/if he does return to the court.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James admitted that his back injury is still bothering him.
Insight: James looked fine in Saturday's loss to Boston, contributing 25 points eight boards and ten assists in 37 minutes of court time. We'll continue to monitor him closely but for now it appears LeBron will keep playing through the pain.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James came close to a triple-double Saturday against Boston (25 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds).
Insight: Unfortunately for LeBron, it came in a losing effort. Miami is off to a 4-3 start, its worst since 2008-09. At least LeBron owners can take solace in the fact that his back injury doesn't seem to be affecting his scoring output.
Description: Heat forward Udonis Haslem won't be in the lineup Saturday against the Celtics. The veteran has been battling back spasms. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: It's his first absence of the season. Though he plays good defense, Haslem's lack of scoring makes it tough to employ him in fantasy leagues (just 3.0 ppg in six games). Sharp-shooter Shane Battier is taking his place in the starting lineup.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James will play through back spasms Saturday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: There's a good chance Miami will be able to jump out to a big lead early and give James some rest in the second half. James averaged 29.3 ppg against the Celtics in 2012-13, though that was a much different team than the one he'll be facing on Saturday.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade reached 20 points for the fourth straight game with a season-high 29 Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Sitting out last Wednesday's game at Philadelphia in the second half of a back-to-back worked wonders for Wade, who has played at least 34 minutes in each of the last four games and shot 35-of-68 (.515) from the field in that span.
Description: LeBron James proved once again why he's the best player on the planet Tuesday in a convincing victory over Toronto.
Insight: The Miami forward exploded for a season-best 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting. He nearly finished with a triple-double, contributing eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes of court time. The 20 shots James attempted were a season-high.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade sat out Wednesday's game against the Sixers to rest, but is probable for Friday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: Miami is expected to sit Dwyane Wade in back-to-back games through the end of the calendar year and in a few games they think they can win without him to make sure he's healthy for the playoff run. He should be ready for Friday's matchup.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will sit out Wednesday's game against the Sixers to rest, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
Insight: Miami's main goal as it tries to three-peat is to reach the playoffs with everyone healthy. Wade suffered through injuries all of last season and postseason and will get sporadic days off this year, especially when the team has back-to-backs or is playing an inferior opponent like Philadelphia.
Description: While Tuesday's season-opening win over the Bulls wasn't one of LeBron James' more memorable games, the superstar forward still managed to lead his team in scoring with 17 points in 38 minutes.
Insight: He also contributed six boards and eight assists. The Heat were in cruise control for most of this game so LeBron could afford to take his foot off the gas at times. Wednesday's game in Philly should be even less competitive which could lead to an early exit for The King.
Description: Heat forward Shane Battier was lights out Tuesday in a season-opening victory over Chicago.
Insight: The 35-year-old shot an incredible 5-of-6 from the field including 4-of-4 from downtown. He won't play big minutes this year (he only played 22 on Tuesday) but if you're searching for a guy who can knock down threes, look no further.
Description: Heat center Greg Oden saw his first game action in almost four years Wednesday night against New Orleans.
Insight: Oden scored two points in four minutes of action. He also gave away two turnovers and committed a pair of fouls. It's great to see Oden back on the floor but he's unlikely to be a contributor for any fantasy teams this season.
Description: Miami shooting guard Ray Allen has missed three straight preseason games, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that he isn't hurt.
Insight: According to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports, Spoelstra said he wanted to get a look at Roger Mason Jr. with different lineups. Allen will be ready for the season opener and fantasy owners can expect something similar to what he provided last season -- 10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.8 3pt.
Description: Michael Beasley is back with the team he started his career with, the Miami Heat.
Insight: When you have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in your lineup, you can afford to gamble with the rest of your roster. Hey, it worked out with Birdman didn't it? Maybe Beasley will experience a similar renaissance now that he's in South Beach.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade admits to having tendinitis in both knees, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel.
Insight: After limping his way through the first three playoff rounds (literally and figuratively), Wade was outstanding in the Finals, contributing 19.6 ppg on 47.6 percent shooting. Expect the team to be very cautious with Wade's regular-season playing time this year and fantasy owners should discount his value because of it.
Description: The Miami Heat have won the Greg Oden sweepstakes. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: The two sides agreed to a two-year contract on Friday. Signing Oden makes plenty of sense for the Heat. The only true low post presence they have is Birdman and with the Big Three running the offense, none of the pressure will be on Oden. Of course the big question is, can he stay healthy? That remains to be seen.
Description: Miami has decided to amnesty veteran shooting guard Mike Miller. SOURCE: Ethan J. Skolnick, Palm Beach Post
Insight: As soon as he passes through waivers, Miller will become a free agent. The former Sixth Man of the Year averaged 5.4 ppg during his three seasons in South Beach. A three-point specialist, the 6-foot-8 Miller shouldn't have any trouble finding a new team.
Description: ESPN's SportsCenter reports that the Heat have re-signed Chris "Birdman" Andersen to a one-year contract.
Insight: He'll make the veteran's minimum ($1.7 million). The deal also includes an option for the 2014-15 season. Though he's never been a stat-stuffer, Birdman gives the Heat size and toughness in the low post. The energetic big man shot an incredible 80.7 percent from the floor this past postseason.
Description: Miami power forward Udonis Haslem admitted that he played through a torn meniscus in the second half of last season. SOURCE: Tim Reynolds, Associated Press
Insight: Now he'll need surgery to repair the damage. Haslem's recovery could take anywhere from four to eight weeks. Much of his fantasy value heading into next season hinges on whether or not the Heat re-sign Chris Andersen.
Description: A few days ago, it looked like Ray Allen would become a free agent. Instead, he's decided to pick up his option for next season which will keep the ten-time All-Star in Miami. SOURCE: Chris Tomasson, Fox Sports Florida
Insight: The 37-year-old will earn $3.229 million next season. He's about as good of a sixth man as you'll find in basketball and despite his age, his jumper is as pretty as ever. He's a nice low risk fantasy option, especially in leagues that put an emphasis on three-point shooting.
Description: When asked about his team's plans for the future, Heat president Pat Riley told reporters, "We hope to bring all of our guys back." SOURCE: Tom Haberstroh, ESPN
Insight: We're assuming that includes Chris Bosh, who some have speculated could be moved in a trade this summer. Aside from Bosh, who is under contract through at least next season, the Heat will also have to make decisions about Ray Allen (expected to opt out of his current contract) and Chris Andersen (unrestricted free agent). The team has already said it will pick up point guard Mario Chalmers' $4 million option for 2013-14.
Description: Ray Allen is expected to test free agency rather than picking up his option for next season. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Allen averaged 10.9 ppg in 25.8 minutes per contest with the Heat last season. Both were his lowest in 17 seasons of professional basketball. Despite seeing fewer minutes than usual and not starting a game for the first time in his career, Allen proved that even at age 37, he can still be incredibly clutch. The championship parade would have been held in San Antonio this year if not fot Allen's game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation in Game 6 of the Finals. Many teams will be interested but we're guessing Allen stays with the Heat and tries for one last title before calling it quits.
Description: According to Tim Reynolds from the Associated Press, the Heat are expected to pick up Mario Chalmers' $4 million option for next season.
Insight: Chalmers (8.6 ppg, 3.5 apg) is Miami's point guard in name only. Anyone who follows the Heat knows that LeBron James is the one running the offense. Chalmers isn't a bad player, especially on the defensive end, but fantasy owners can obviously do much better.
Description: In a roundtable discussion with Brian Windhorst and Israel Gutierrez Sunday on SportsCenter, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith suggested that the Heat could look to deal center Chris Bosh this offseason.
Insight: Stephen A. probably isn't alone in this sentiment. Although he did play tough defense on Tim Duncan throughout most of the series, Bosh vanished in Game 7, going scoreless in 28 minutes of action. The Big Three is clearly only a Big Two at this point and trading Bosh now while his value is still relatively high might be the Heat's best option. The returns of Derrick Rose and Danny Granger next season will only make things tougher for the defending champs. It's also worth noting that LeBron James can opt out of his contract after 2014.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade had his knee drained prior to Thursday night's Game 7 against the Spurs. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: After limping his way through the first three rounds (literally and figuratively), Wade was outstanding in the Finals, contributing 19.6 ppg on 47.6 percent shooting. Wade registered 23 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes Thursday in the decisive Game 7. At age 31, he's still a top-ten talent.
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh was hit with a $5,000 fine after flopping in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: There's been plenty of flopping in the playoffs and the Heat seem to be doing most of it. LeBron James was fined for flopping a few weeks ago and Dwyane Wade has had a few questionable plays as well. Bosh scored 20 points Thursday in Game 4, his highest point total since Game 3 of the Chicago series.
Description: Miami shooting guard Ray Allen hasn't made his decision yet on whether or not he'll return to the Heat next season. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: At age 37, retirement is definitely a possibility for Allen, especially if the Heat win the title. Allen can also opt out of his contract and test free agency, though we're assuming he'd want to finish his career with Miami. He's been a nonfactor in the playoffs, averaging just 10 ppg in a little under 24 minutes per contest.
Description: Birdman scored 16 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting Wednesday in a Game 1 victory over the Pacers.
Insight: He also recorded five rebounds and three blocked shots. The tatted-up big man has turned into a sensational role player for Miami. Andersen is averaging 7.9 ppg on 82.9 percent shooting this postseason. He's also shooting a respectable 75 percent from the free throw line.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) collected a triple-double in Wednesday night's overtime win against the Pacers.
Insight: And as usual, he hit the game-winning bucket on a driving layup on the last play of overtime. Miami has opened the playoffs by winning nine of its first ten games. Game 2 will be played Friday at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knee) had another round of treatment on his knee Tuesday and he will be reevaluated Wednesday prior to Game 5 against the Bulls, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN.
Insight: Wade is still dealing with multiple bone bruises in his knee but cannot take the necessary time off to rest because it's playoff time. He'll likely play Game 5, but will be limited in what he can contribute.
Description: ESPN is reporting that Heat forward LeBron James has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 regular season.
Insight: The official announcement will come on Sunday. James is the fourth player in league history to win four MVP awards. The others have all been enshrined in Springfield: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. LeBron and the Heat will play the winner of Saturday's Bulls/Nets game in the second round of the playoffs.
Description: Heat small forward LeBron James finished two assists shy of a triple-double Sunday against Milwaukee.
Insight: The Bucks never really posed a challenge to the Heat and LeBron (27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) was able to watch the game's final minutes from the bench. The superstar forward should be well-rested for Tuesday's Game 2.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade logged only 23 minutes Wednesday against the Magic but that was still enough time to record his fourth double-double of the season (21 points, 10 assists).
Insight: To be fair, he was playing the Magic. But that's still a pretty impressive line considering how sparingly Erik Spoelstra used him on Wednesday night. It looks like Wade is healthy again and he should be fairly well-rested heading into Miami's first round series versus Milwaukee.
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh has been removed from Wednesday's starting lineup, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
Insight: Udonis Haslem will start. Dwyane Wade is the lone member of the Big 3 playing Wednesday's game. Bosh had a strong year, averaging 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and shooting 53.5 percent from the field.
Description: Forward Shane Battier will miss his third game in a row Monday when the Heat take on the Cavaliers. He's been battling a knee injury.
Insight: Most of Battier's shots this season have come from beyond the three-point line (4.4 of his 5.1 field goal attempts per game). Luckily for fantasy owners, he's one of the more accurate long range shooters in the league (43 percent success rate this season).
Description: Miami forward Udonis Haslem won't be on the court Wednesday versus the Wizards.
Insight: The team is calling it an ankle injury but it's probably just a day of rest. Haslem was pretty productive Tuesday night in a win over Milwaukee (10 points, 15 boards). Assuming he's back in the lineup Friday against Boston, Haslem will probably see a decent amount of playing time while the Big Three continues to rest.
Description: As expected, Heat center Chris Bosh won't be available for Wednesday's game against Washington. Bosh has been struggling with an illness. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: He didn't even travel with the team. With the No. 1 seed in the East locked up, you probably won't be seeing much of Bosh down the stretch. You might not see much of LeBron or D-Wade for that matter either.
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh (illness) is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Washington.
Insight: Bosh also has been bothered by a sore knee for the past few games. Miami has just four games left this season after Wednesday and he could simply sit for them all as the Heat are already focusing on the playoffs.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade participated in the Tuesday morning shootaround, but will miss Tuesday's game.
Insight: Miami has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference so there's really no reason for Wade to play in any of the Heat's next six games. If the Eastern Conference standings don't fluctuate between now and the end of the regular season, the Heat will open the playoffs against Milwaukee.
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee after missing Tuesday's shootaround due to illness.
Insight: Bosh had been bothered by a sore knee for the past few games, but he's likely just getting a rest. Bosh carried the team when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were getting their rest and now its his turn.
Description: Michael Wallace from ESPN.com is hearing that Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade could be out until the playoffs. He's missed the Heat's last four games with an injured knee.
Insight: Miami has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference so there's really no reason for Wade to play in any of the Heat's next six games. If the Eastern Conference standings don't fluctuate between now and the end of the regular season, the Heat will open the playoffs against Milwaukee. Miami's record against the Bucks this season is 2-1.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James "warmed up with the intent to play Saturday after missing three straight games with a strained left hamstring, but he will be on a minutes limit if he plays. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Fantasy owners who have come to rely heavily on James' 26.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.4 spg box-filling statistics, will have the impossible task of filling the void over the final games of the regular season as the Heat's only goal at this point is preparation for the playoffs.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (knee, ankle) will sit out Saturday's game.
Insight: Wade has missed four straight games with what was initially called an ankle injury. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday that Wade "has to resolve the swelling right now from getting hit on his knee," according to the Sun-Sentinel. We're betting he would play if these games were important to Miami.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James is questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia, according to the Miami Heat website.
Insight: He'll join Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade with the questionable tag. Fantasy owners who have come to rely heavily on James' 26.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.4 spg box-filling statistics, will have the impossible task of filling the void over the final games of the regular season as the Heat's only goal at this point is preparation for the playoffs.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James is officially out for Friday's game against Charlotte, according to the Miami Heat website.
Insight: He'll join Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade on the sidelines. Fantasy owners who have come to rely heavily on James' 26.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.4 spg box-filling statistics, will have the impossible task of filling the gigantic void.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James is doubtful for Friday's game against Charlotte after hurting his hamstring a week ago.
Insight: He is probably going to be in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the season as the team tries to get everyone healthy for another playoff run, but that doesn't help fantasy owners who have come to rely heavily on his 26.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.4 spg box-filling statistics.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (ankle) did not play Sunday against the Spurs and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Insight: LeBron James and Mario Chalmers also are hurting and any combination of the three could sit out games down the stretch as the team readies for a playoff run. Check back before tipoff to get the final word.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James, who missed Sunday's game against the Spurs, is questionable for Tuesday's game against New York. He's dealing with a strained right hamstring.
Insight: He is probably going to be in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the season as the team tries to get everyone healthy for another playoff run. The same questionable status is likely for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh so fantasy owners will have to check back just before game-time each night.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James, who missed Sunday's game against the Spurs, is likely to be in and out of the lineup for the remainder of the season as the team tries to get everyone healthy for another playoff run.
Insight: The Heat were considering giving James Friday night off, but he ended up playing and did a ton of damage in 32 minutes of play. His absence is extremely disappointing with fantasy owners in the stretch run. The same questionable status is likely for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh so fantasy owners will have to check back just before game-time each night.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Spurs.
Insight: LeBron James and Mario Chalmers also are out Sunday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel. Wade has been dealing with a knee injury, but the team is pinning his absence Sunday on an ankle injury. In all likelihood, Wade and LeBron are just getting a rest.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James will miss Sunday's game against the Spurs. Miami is calling it a hamstring injury. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: The Heat were considering giving James Friday night off but he ended up playing and did a ton of damage in 32 minutes of play. His absence is extremely disappointing with fantasy owners in the stretch run.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James dropped 36 points (13-20 FG, 7-10 3PT, 3-5 FT) on the New Orleans Hornets Friday night.
Insight: So much for needing a rest. The Heat were considering giving James Friday night off but he ended up doing a ton of damage in 32 minutes of play. Fantasy owners will have to hope that Miami doesn't take the superstar out of the lineup at all down the stretch.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James is active Friday against the Hornets.
Insight: The NBA's best player is averaging 26.8 ppg, 8.2 apg and 7.3 rpg this season but the team was considering resting him Friday. Keep in mind that he still could be rested or have his minutes reduced down the stretch now that the winning streak has come to an end.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who has missed the last two Heat games with a sore right knee, was at the morning shootaround and will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Wade had a precautionary MRI exam which revealed nothing serious, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Other than their winning streak, the only thing the team needs from Wade is to be ready for the postseason so he could sit for a while or be in and out of the lineup the rest of the way.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade has missed the last two Heat games with a sore right knee.
Insight: Wade had a precautionary MRI exam which revealed nothing serious, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Other than their winning streak, the only thing the team needs from Wade is to be ready for the postseason so he could sit for a while or be in and out of the lineup the rest of the way.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade won't be available for Monday's game against the Magic. He's out with a sore right knee.
Insight: Wade also missed Sunday's game against Charlotte. ESPN's Chris Broussard says the decision to sit Wade is merely a precaution. There's a good chance Flash returns Wednesday when the Heat take on Chicago.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando with a sore right knee.
Insight: The Heat figured to be able to beat the lowly Bobcats without Wade and could probably beat Orlando without him too. Wade is averaging 21.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.0 apg this season and the team won't really need him until playoff time.
Description: No Dwyane Wade, no problem. LeBron James put the Heat on his shoulders Sunday against Charlotte, contributing 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Insight: The outcome was never in doubt and LeBron barely had to break a sweat against the struggling Bobcats. Miami's next opponent will be the Magic. Orlando nearly ended Miami's winning streak the last time these two teams met back on March 6th. The Heat needed a last second layup by James to preserve a 97-96 victory in that contest. If Miami does hold on for another win on Monday it will be the team's 27th in a row. It's been 52 calendar days since the Heat's last loss.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (knee) will miss Sunday's game against the Bobcats.
Insight: Wade averaged 25.2 ppg and shot 58.7 percent during a recent string of 13 straight games with at least 20 points, but he is only averaging 15.3 ppg and shooting 42 percent over his last three. Miami certainly doesn't need him against the lowly Bobcats to extend its winning streak to 26 games.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James completed his fourth triple-double of the season Wednesday in a wild come-from-behind win over Cleveland (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).
Insight: The Heat trailed by as many as 26 before LeBron and company came roaring back in the third and fourth quarters. Miami is now nine wins away from tying the 1971-72 Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James capped off an heroic performance Monday night in Boston by sinking the game-winning bucket with 10 seconds left to play.
Insight: All hail the king. LeBron was magnificent from start to finish on Monday, leading the Heat back from a 17-point first half deficit with 37 points and 12 assists. Not that it was ever in question but Monday's outing confirmed that LeBron is indeed the greatest basketball player on Planet Earth. Sorry, KD.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James is in a bit of a shooting slump. Though he scored 27 points Wednesday against the 76ers in the Heat's 20th straight win, he shot 8-of-19 and has made 16-of-40 (.400) over the last three games.
Insight: It's safe to say we aren't panicking. James was due for a few down games after shooting 64 percent in the month of February.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade extended his streak of 20-point games to 10 with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting Tuesday against Atlanta as Miami extended its win streak to 19 games. Wade added six assists, four rebounds and five steals.
Insight: Wade is averaging 26.2 points on better than 60 percent shooting during the last 10 games and 24.2 ppg on 55 percent shooting during the winning streak.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James will play Monday against Minnesota. James suffered a minor knee injury in Sunday's win in New York.
Insight: A 56.3 shooting percentage (including 41 percent from three-point range), 27.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.7 spg ... did we miss anything? Oh yeah, all his pregames dunks are going viral now. You're looking at the 2013 NBA MVP. You can probably pencil him in for 2014 and 2015 also. Maybe he'll get bored and let Durant win it in 2016.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James had his knee examined by the team medical staff after Sunday night's game, but will not require an MRI, according to a Miami Herald report.
Insight: "I was concerned," James told the Herald. "I'm still concerned a little bit." Not what you want to hear from the best player in the NBA. James is currently averaging 27.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1..7 spg and 1.4 threes. James has yet to miss a game this season, so expect him on the court for the next Heat contest.
Description: The Heat signed veteran forward Juwan Howard to a 10-day contract on Saturday.
Insight: Howard averaged only 1.5 ppg during Miami's title run last season and we wouldn't expect him to improve upon those numbers this season. The 40-year-old Howard hasn't been relevant for fantasy since 2005-06 when he averaged 11.8 ppg in 80 games for Houston.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James blew up for 40 points on 14-of-23 shooting and also had a career-high 16 assists with eight rebounds, two steals and one block Tuesday in a double-overtime win over Sacramento.
Insight: The perpetually scorching LeBron is shooting 64.1 percent (139-of-217) from the field in February.
Description: Miami small forward Shane Battier (hamstring) will miss Tuesday's game against the Kings.
Insight: Battier is making 1.9 threes with 0.8 blocks per game but doesn't offer anything else to fantasy owners (6.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg). Neither does Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem or anyone else on Miami not named LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or Ray Allen.
Description: Miami shooting guard Mike Miller has recovered from his ear infection and will be available for Sunday night's game versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Don't expect Miller to produce anything noteworthy in his first game back after missing the last two weeks with various ailments. He's averaging a career-low 3.6 ppg in 39 appearances this season.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James only attempted 12 field goals Saturday and made seven of them as part of a 16-point night. He added 10 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double.
Insight: It was just the second time this season James hasn't scored at least 20 points in a game. James is averaging more than 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to go with 1.7 steals and a career-high 56.7 field goal percentage.
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh struggled to just six points Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Insight: Bosh shot a dismal 2-of-10 from the field in 28 minutes. That breaks a streak of three double-doubles in a row for Bosh, who heads into Thursday's contest with the Bulls averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the season.
Description: Miami small forward Shane Battier lit up the Hawks for 17 points on 5-for-8 three-point shooting Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Insight: That's Battier's highest scoring output since November 15th against Denver. He's only reached double-digit points four times this month so we wouldn't count on a repeat performance Thursday night versus the Bulls.
Description: Heat forward Udonis Haslem has returned from a one-game absence and is ready to start Wednesday night's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Haslem sat out Thursday's game against the Thunder because of a bruised leg but he's now had almost a week to recover. Haslem isn't much of a scorer (just 3.7 ppg this season) but he can sometimes crack double-digit rebounds if given enough playing time.
Description: Heat backup guard Mike Miller did not travel with the team and will miss Wednesday's game against Atlanta due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Miller is only averaging 14 mpg this season, not enough time to do much damage. He hasn't made much of a fantasy impact during the select few times he has received increased minutes this season and should not be on any fantasy rosters.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to scored 30 points and shoot better than 60 percent from the field in six straight games when he had 30 on 11-of-15 shooting Tuesday against the Blazers.
Insight: James is doing anything and everything he wants to on the basketball court. He has missed just 26 shots on 92 attempts (.717 FG%) over his last six games.
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh had his best all-around game of the season with 32 points, 11 rebounds and two steals Tuesday versus Portland. Bosh made 13-of-16 from the field, 6-of-6 from the foul line and was a plus-34 when he was on the floor.
Insight: Bosh has shot well all season (.551 FG%). He has produced 23 or more points in three of his last four games.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade is keeping up his end of the bargain as LeBron's right-hand man by averaging 24.8 points on 51.7 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games.
Insight: James and Wade have led the Heat to five consecutive wins, undoubtedly making a massive fantasy impact in the process. Wade supplemented James' 32 points Sunday against the Lakers with 30 points of his own.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James had his fifth straight 30-point game Sunday against the Lakers with 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists.
Insight: James is shooting an off-the-charts 71.4 percent from the field (55-of-77) over the last five games. He has improved his field-goal percentage in five straight seasons and 2012-13 will make six -- he's shooting 56.2 percent for the season after making 53.1 percent in 2011-12.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James sank 9-of-11 field goals for 30 points Friday in a blowout win over the Clippers.
Insight: The highlight of the night came at the end of the first half when LeBron passed the ball to a fan wearing a James jersey in the audience. James (four straight games with 30 or more points) was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. He's shooting a career-high 42 percent from that distance this season.
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen won't be on the court Friday against the Clippers. He's out with the flu.
Insight: Allen (10.7 ppg) is averaging just 3.8 ppg in his last five contests. That kind of production screams waiver wire. Cut the old-timer loose or trade him to a fantasy owner who hasn't been paying attention this season.
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade will give it a go Friday against Los Angeles. He missed shootaround this morning because of an illness.
Insight: The flu has made its way around the Heat locker room but Wade's going to try and play though it. Wade had his worst game of the season when he played the Clippers back in November (six points on 2-of-10 shooting).
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed the Friday morning shootaround because he wasn't feeling well and is questionable for tonight's game against the L.A. Clippers.
Insight: Wade is averaging 22.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.0 assists over four February games his best month of the season and it would be a shame if fantasy owners don't get every game out of him they can.
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Houston. He's dealing with an illness.
Insight: The hope is that Bosh (17.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg) will be good to go for Friday night's nationally televised game against the Clippers. Udonis Haslem (3.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is expected to start in Bosh's place.
Description: Miami Heat center Chris Bosh has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn. He's been dealing with a bad toe.
Insight: Bosh did not practice on Tuesday, but should play Wednesday, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report. He pulled down 16 rebounds on Sunday with 16 points and a blocked shot. He's averaging 17.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.4 bpg this season.
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh gobbled up 16 rebounds in a loss to the Celtics Sunday at TD Garden.
Insight: Sunday was Bosh's third game of the season with 15 or more rebounds. This has actually been somewhat of a disappointing month for Bosh. He's scored fewer than 20 points in seven straight games, averaging just 13.1 ppg over that span. The Heat have gone 5-2 during Bosh's recent scoring drought.
Description: Heat small forward LeBron James racked up a season-high 16 rebounds Sunday in a loss at Boston.
Insight: James also had 34 points on 14-of-31 shooting. Sunday was the 14th time this season LeBron has scored 30 points or more. He's averaging 28.5 ppg and 13 rpg in two contests against the Celtics this season.
Description: The Birdman is back. Chris Andersen has signed a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat.
Insight: Always a fan favorite, the 6-foot-10 Andersen (5.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg for Denver in 2011-12) should be able to help the Heat in the rebounding department. Currently, Miami is second to last in that category at just 38.8 rpg.
Description: Dwyane Wade is headed back to the All-Star Game. He was voted in as a starter at guard for the Eastern Conference.
Insight: Wade has definitely lost a step (he's averaging just 19.9 ppg this season, his lowest average since 2003-04) but with Derrick Rose out and Kyrie Irving missing a month earlier in the season because of a broken finger, there really weren't many other options at guard for the Eastern Conference. It will be interesting to see how Wade handles playing with Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, who was also voted in as a starter. Wade called Rondo "a punk" after the two had a heated confrontation earlier in the season.
Description: Heat small forward LeBron James was voted in as a starter for next month's All-Star Game in Houston.
Insight: James (26 ppg, 6.9 apg, 8.1 rpg) received the most votes of any player in the Eastern Conference and was second overall in the voting behind only Kobe Bryant. Wednesday night James became the youngest player in league history to reach the 20,000-point plateau.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points Wednesday against Golden State.
Insight: James reached the mark just before halftime. The three-time MVP dished out 10 assists Wednesday as well, putting him over 5,000 for his career. Before James (28), Kobe Bryant had previously been the youngest to score 20,000. He's the seventh-fastest to 20K in terms of games played (726).
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh has only grabbed double-digit rebounds once in his last 15 games. He's averaging 5.7 rebounds per game in that span and had just one Monday night against Utah.
Insight: Fortunately, Bosh is putting up 17.3 points on 57.8 percent shooting with 2.1 assists, 1.5 blocks and an .875 free-throw percentage during that time frame, but the rebounding numbers are just pitiful.
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen scored zero points on 0-of-5 shooting Tuesday against Indiana. Allen had been heating up over his last four games, making 10 threes and averaging 14.3 ppg and 4.8 reb in that span.
Insight: The Heat didn't get much help out of its role players on Tuesday -- Allen, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers made just 2-of-19 from the field in the game while LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went 24-of-46.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade led the team with 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting Tuesday against the Pacers. He added five rebounds, three assists, one block and eight free throws on 10 attempts.
Insight: Wade has been rolling along over his last 15 games, averaging 22.1 points on 55 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks in that stretch.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade averaged 21.6 points, 4.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 56.3 percent over his final 11 games of December, and he scored 27 points (9-21 FG) with 10 boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks and one turnover Wednesday against the Mavericks in his first game of January.
Insight: Wade was been extremely consistent recently in scoring 21 or more points in six straight games. He may not be playing at his 2008-09 level (30.2 ppg, 7.5 ast, 5.0 reb, 2.2 stl, 1.3 blk, 1.1 3PM) but he's still getting the job done for fantasy owners.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade returned from his one-game suspension with 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six rebounds and four assists Saturday against the Bucks.
Insight: Wade was suspended for kicking Charlotte guard Ramon Sessions in the groin last week. Wade's scoring average is down for the fourth straight season but he is shooting more efficiently than ever before. His .514 field goal percentage is a career high.
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen returned from a sore right shoulder Friday but didn't shoot well, making only 3-of-13 from the field for nine points.
Insight: Allen saw 29 minutes in the loss to Detroit Friday. He has only made 4-18 from the field in his last two games. The veteran just isn't seeing enough playing time or shots to be a top level fantasy option; the 13 attempts Friday were his most of December and second-highest total this season and they came mainly due to Dwyane Wade's one-game suspension.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James poured in 35 points on 15-of-22 shooting with six rebounds, five assists, six steals and a block Friday but it wasn't enough as Miami lost to the lowly Pistons.
Insight: Playing without Dwyane Wade (suspended), LeBron had to pick up more of the scoring slack. James' only drawback has been his foul shooting this season, but he has made 47-of-59 (.797) from the free-throw line in his last nine games.
Description: Heat guard Mike Miller will start at shooting guard Friday against the Pistons while Dwyane Wade is serving his one-game suspension.
Insight: Miller is only averaging 14 mpg this season but that could bump to 25-30 on Friday. However, he hasn't made much of a fantasy impact during the select few times he has received increased minutes this season.
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen is listed as questionable for Friday's game against Detroit because of a stinger on his right shoulder, but Miami Heat beat writer Ethan J. Skolnick expects him to play.
Insight: With Dwyane Wade suspended for one game due a kicking incident, Allen along with starter Mike Miller should see plenty of playing time.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game by the NBA for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin on Wednesday. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
Insight: Wade's scoring average is down for the fourth straight season but he is shooting more efficiently than ever before. His .513 field goal percentage is a career high. However, he'll miss Friday's game versus the Pistons.
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh will be available for Wednesday's game versus Charlotte despite suffering an eye injury Christmas Day against the Thunder.
Insight: Bosh's averages are nearly identical to the ones he posted last season (17.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg compared to 18 ppg and 7.9 rpg in 2011-12). That kind of consistency is hard to find in the ever-changing world of fantasy basketball. Make sure he's in your starting lineup tonight.
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen is out for Wednesday's game in Charlotte because of a stinger on his right shoulder.
Insight: Allen hasn't played more than 25 minutes in any of his last five games and he's only scored double-digits once in that span. Even when he's 100 percent, Allen simply isn't seeing enough court time for you to rely on him in fantasy.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James continues to play like the best player in the league, leading his team to a 103-97 win against Oklahoma City.
Insight: LeBron went 12-of-20 for 29 points along with eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block shot and a partridge in a pear tree. Averaging 25.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.3 spg there is no player in fantasy that you would trade him for even up, not even Kevin Durant.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade continues to see his scoring drop and his 19.7 ppg current level is the lowest since his rookie season.
Insight: Wade may not care about personal goals, but fantasy owners do. Remember when he led the league averaging 30.2 ppg in 2008-09? In the four years since then his scoring has taken significant drops in each season. He is no longer a fantasy elite at 19.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.6 apg.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James has not committed a single foul over his last six games.
Insight: James (25.4 ppg, 6.8 apg, 8.5 rpg) has six steals and five blocks in that span so he's still being aggressive on defense. Steve Nash went 11 games in a row without fouling last season, the longest such streak the NBA has seen in the last 15 years.
Description: Heat forward Shane Battier started his first game since late November Saturday with center Chris Bosh out.
Insight: Battier scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, with all of his field goal attempts coming from 3-point range. He's made 18-of-42 (.429) from behind the arc in his last seven games but doesn't offer much production elsewhere because he took just six of his shot attempts from inside the arc during that span.
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is making field goals at a ridiculous 62.4 clip over his last seven games.
Insight: Wade came into Saturday's game averaging 20.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals while making 76.9 percent of his foul shots in his previous six games. He helped Miami beat Utah with 21 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals Saturday.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James extended his streak of 20-point games to 45 (including playoffs) with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting Saturday against the Jazz. James added nine rebounds and seven assists while making 7-of-10 free throws.
Insight: James has been as dominant as ever this season and hasn't taken a night off from his top-notch production.