Wade returns after leaving with bruised left hip

Updated: May 3, 2006, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

 Dwyane Wade
Wade
MIAMI -- Miami guard Dwyane Wade left the court with with a bruised left hip late in the first half of the Heat's playoff game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.

X-rays were negative, and he returned to the game with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Wade was not with the team when it emerged from the locker room to warm up for the second half.

Wade went airborne near the basket with Chicago center Michael Sweetney coming over to help teammate Kirk Hinrich on the play. Wade and Sweetney made contact and the Heat guard tumbled to the court -- remaining down in obvious pain.

He rolled over, grabbing his left hamstring. No foul was called, and a visibly upset Heat coach Pat Riley tossed what appeared to be a towel to the court in disbelief moments later.

Heat trainer Ron Culp rushed to Wade's side, even as play was continuing at the other end. Wade was eventually helped up and, with his left leg bent, was assisted into the Heat locker room with 2:35 left before halftime.


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