Wade Out, LeBron Questionable vs. Lakers

Following Thursday morning’s shootaround, Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post reported that Dwyane Wade (ankle) will not play against the Lakers, while LeBron James was sent home from shootaround due to flu-like symptoms.

It’s possible that Chris Bosh is the only healthy member of Miami Thrice, while the Lakers have Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum primed to start. The lone Lakers rotation player that will be out is, of course, Steve Blake, not expected back for another three weeks or so due to fractured cartilage in his ribs.

L.A.’s coaching staff expects Heat reserve Shane Battier to spend a lot of time guarding Bryant, particularly if James does not play, while Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace will draw the bulk of minutes defending LeBron if he does go.