Wade sidelined against Knicks with ankle sprain

Updated: January 22, 2007, 11:05 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade sat out a game Monday, and he hopes that's all he will miss.

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The Miami Heat guard decided shortly before tipoff to rest his sprained left ankle rather than play against the New York Knicks.

Miami's next game is Wednesday at Indiana.

"Hopefully it goes away by Wednesday and I can be there for my team," Wade said.

Wade hurt his left ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to Dallas. He managed to play 44 minutes and score 31 points, but struggled moving to his right and decided against playing on consecutive days.

"The swelling isn't that bad," coach Ron Rothstein said. "It's very, very tender and very sore. It's not as bad as they originally thought."

Wade watched from the bench as the Heat beat the Knicks 101-83. He has missed six other games this season -- four because of a sprained wrist and two because of oral surgery.

Teammate Shaquille O'Neal was inactive for the 35th consecutive game. He's believed to be close to returning from knee surgery in November.

"He's moving forward," Rothstein said. "He's making progress. I don't see any major setbacks."

Not even on the bench was reserve guard Robert Hite, charged with driving under the influence early Sunday in Miami Beach. Hite apologized and is "acutely aware of the seriousness of the incident," Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement.

"Robert and I have mutually agreed that he take some time away from the team to try and get his personal issues in order," Riley said.

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