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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sits out Charlotte Bobcats game with bruised right knee



The Heat’s stretch of remarkably good health ended momentarily Sunday when Dwyane Wade missed the game against Charlotte with a bruised right knee.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade would be re-evaluated Monday before deciding whether he would play later in the day against the Magic in Orlando.

“He got hit in the knee a couple games back, and it is just sore and bruised,” Spoelstra said. “We are going to be proactive and hopefully he will get some treatment and feel better [Monday]. We will see how things go.”

Spoelstra said Wade re-aggravated the injury on Monday against Boston “when he collided knees with somebody out there. It was just sore and he has been playing through it. It just hasn’t been getting better, but we think rest and treatment will fast track that.”

Before Sunday, Wade had missed four games this season, none since serving a one-game NBA suspension Dec. 28. He missed the sixth game of the season with a cold and two other mid-November games with a sprained left foot.

Heat starters have missed only four games during this winning streak. Chris Bosh missed the third and fourth games of the streak with the flu, and Udonis Haslem skipped the seventh with a right knee contusion.

Wade missed 13 games because of injury last season and had surgery on his other knee, his left knee, last July.

Miller’s turn

In Wade’s absence, Spoelstra opted to start Mike Miller, who played a total of 48 minutes in the first 25 games of the winning streak.

“It’s difficult whenever you aren’t playing — it’s tough staying prepared,” Miller said. “The unfortunate thing is it doesn’t matter how much work you do. It’s nothing like the game. You can’t duplicate the rhythm.”

Spoelstra said Miller “has been a pro” about not playing much.

“Mike had his role changed this year with the addition of Ray Allen and even at times Rashard Lewis,” Spoelstra said. “He knows what he signed up for, and it has been communicated quite a bit. He spends a lot of time working on his shots and conditioning to stay sharp.”

• Orlando center Nick Vucevic, who has tormented the Heat in two games this season, is questionable for Monday’s game because of a mild concussion sustained March 19.

He won’t be eligible to play until he passes the league’s concussion protocol.

Vucevic had 20 points and 29 rebounds Dec. 31 against the Heat, and 25 and 21 on March 6 in Miami.

Spoelstra said Chris Andersen’s conditioning level is at the point that “he can handle 15 to 20” minutes a game.

• Spoelstra on Shane Battier’s play: “What we are seeing is the reason why we went after him so hard all these years. He’s the definition of a winner. He’s almost irreplaceable.”

• Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said he shows his players clips of the Heat and Spurs.

“We’ll take out clips of individual things that we would want,” he said. “It’s an attention-grabber when you watch what the Miami Heat does. Once you get the championship, it puts something in your brain and your heart beats a little different. I see it every day when I watch film of those guys.”

Dunlap had an interesting take on James’ approach with his post game. “I think he wanted to go down there earlier in the season a lot to show what he had learned,” Dunlap said, mentioning James’ summer of 2011 work with Hakeem Olajuwon. “Now he goes in there simply because he is efficient.”

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