Dwyane Wade, who had hoped to play in all of the Heat’s games this season, missed his second consecutive game with a strained left hamstring on Sunday and said he doesn’t know whether he will be able to play Monday at Brooklyn.
“It’s day by day,” said Wade, who traveled with the team to Brooklyn, according to coach Erik Spoelstra.
Though the Heat doesn’t want to put a timetable on it, a similar injury sidelined Wade for nine games last season.
“He is doing a lot more corrective exercises, some strength training with it and treatment,” Spoelstra said. “That is all you can do right now. We will take the next step when we can get there.”
When Wade missed Friday’s game at Atlanta, Spoelstra started James Ennis because the coach wanted Mario Chalmers with “the second unit [to] keep that unit somewhat the same.”
But Spoelstra opted to start Chalmers in place of Wade on Sunday, and Chalmers scored a team-high 18.
High for rookies
Rookies Shabazz Napier (10 points) and James Ennis (9) sparked the Heat in the first half Sunday and set career scoring highs. Ennis opened 4 for 4 from the field and Napier 3 for 3.
But Ennis went scoreless in nearly nine second-half minutes and Napier had two points, no assists and two turnovers in 14 second-half minutes.
▪ Forward Josh McRoberts sat out his second game in a row with a blister on his left foot.
▪ Forward Danny Granger remains out with a strained left hamstring. He said he could play immediately if the team needed him but “they want to make sure I’m 100 percent, all the way there.”
Granger said he expects to make his regular-season Heat debut “in a few days, probably.”
▪ The Bucks’ 38 first-half points were the fewest by a Heat opponent this season. Miami’s 13 third-quarter points were its fewest in any quarter this season.
▪ Heat forward Shawne Williams hit three of six threes and is shooting 59 percent on threes (26 for 44) over his past nine games.
▪ The Heat, which would drop to 5-6 if it loses Monday in Brooklyn, has been below .500 only twice in the past four seasons: At 0-1 in November 2010 (LeBron James’ first season in Miami) and at 1-2 last season.
▪ Norris Cole played in his 158th game in a row; only Glen Rice (174) and Grant Long (161) have had longer streaks in team history.