It Continues to Go Terribly Wrong for the Miami Heat
It might be on hold for a little while, as they lost their MVP last night. Dwyane Wade dislocated his shoulder against the Rockets and left the game in agonizing pain (worse even than being left out of Charles Barkley's five). The man looked like he was crying.
The extent of the injury isn't yet known. From what I can gather from searching around various websites (a technique all the great doctors use), the shoulder is usually required to be immobilized for a few weeks, and after that, it takes some rehab to restore the range of motion. All I know is that judging from Wade's reaction, and Wade's a tough guy ... a dislocated shoulder looks like an extremely painful thing.
It happened on an innocuous little play. Wade was reaching for the ball near the foul line as Shane Battier was trying to reach for the ball as Shane Battier tired to get rid of it. It was the kind of thing that could happen to any guy on any play.
So, as Pat Riley suggested earlier, it's time for Shaq to get out of "ease back into it" mode. It's time for Shaq to get into "carry the damn team on his back" mode. Whether or not Shaq still has that in his arsenal is up for debate.
Miami currently clings to the 8th and final playoff spot in the East, with a two-game edge over New Jersey and a three game edge over the Knicks.