An injured wrist makes Wade a game-time decision again Saturday when Miami visits its intra-state rival at Amway Arena.
The 2006 NBA finals MVP suffered the right wrist injury in Miami’s 109-103 loss at Chicago on Wednesday, and missed his third game of the season Friday.
Without their All-Star guard, the short-handed Heat (13-16) allowed 21 consecutive points in the third quarter of a 91-81 loss to New Jersey.
“We had a horrible, horrible third quarter,” Miami coach Pat Riley said.
It was Miami’s fifth consecutive loss without Wade, who missed two games from Dec. 13-15 after having his wisdom teeth removed.
Jason Kapono started in Wade’s place, scoring only eight points with one assist. Wade is averaging 27.5 points per game with 7.8 assists. Kapono is expected to start again Saturday if Wade cannot go.
Along with Wade, the Heat continue to be without Shaquille O’Neal for an extended period. The All-Star center will miss his 24th consecutive game Saturday after undergoing left knee surgery on Nov. 17.
“We’re hurting right now,” Heat forward Antoine Walker said. “It’s unfortunate. We’ve got to try to keep our head above water.”
Despite the return of Posey, the Heat may need Wade back in the lineup if they are going to avoid a five-game road losing streak. They last dropped that many away from American Airlines Arena from Dec. 30, 2003-Jan. 15, 2004. Four of those losses were without Wade, who was in his rookie season.
Miami has lost its last two meetings with the Magic—both at home— including a 107-104 defeat on Nov. 24, as Wade scored 33 points with 15 assists.
However, the Heat have won five of their last six games at Amway Arena.
Wade came one assist shy of a triple-double in the last contest there on Feb. 15. He had 36 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 110-100 Miami victory.
Orlando (17-14) scored a season high on Friday, but fell 112-111 at Washington when Keyon Dooling missed a running 15-foot shot at the buzzer.
The defeat extended the Magic’s slide to a season-high four games. They have dropped nine of 12 since starting the season with an impressive 14-5 mark. Orlando fell out of first place in the Southeast Division, and leads third-place Miami by three games.
Center Dwight Howard, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds against Washington, leads Orlando with averages of 16.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
He had 23 points and 12 boards in the last contest against the Heat.