Friday, August 1, 2014
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Wade iffy for All-Star game

DWYANE WADE'S status for the All-Star game is in doubt as he deals with nerve irritation in his left foot.

Wade was a late scratch from the Miami Heat's starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. He sat out Tuesday night's victory at Phoenix with a migraine headache.

Wade said he was traveling to New Orleans for Sunday's game but isn't sure if he'll play.

"I'm not optimistic. I'm not pessimistic. I just want to get better," said Wade, a 10-time All-Star who was elected as a starter for the Eastern Conference this season.

Wade said he started to warm-up when his foot began giving him problems and he went to the locker room. He said trainers officially diagnosed him with "foot drop," which is a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot.

"I started feeling a little something in my foot, getting a little numbness," Wade said. "But you don't think nothing of it. As time went on it started going up my leg a little bit, so the nerve going up my leg kind of shut down. Weirdest thing I've ever [felt]. When I was out there and moved around and warmed up, I felt I couldn't feel my foot. So I didn't want to do anything."

Wade has missed 15 games this season, with most of them part of the Heat's plan to rest his nagging knees.

Meanwhile, Spurs guard Tony Parker remains committed to playing in New Orleans, despite missing two games during his team's recent six-game road trip because of back tightness.

Parker will attend the All-Star festivities, and coach Gregg Popovich said he will leave the decision on playing up to Parker.

All-Star weekend starts this afternoon with the announcement of the finalists and direction electees to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and finishes up with the game Sunday night at the recently renamed Smoothie King Center.

"The NBA, we have the best All-Star, No. 1 because it obviously lasts the entire weekend. We do a great job of celebrating our legends, I think we do that better than anybody else," Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley said. "It's the greatest thing the NBA does well."

The hometown Pelicans got an All-Star when Anthony Davis was selected as an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant.

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