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Wade likely to play; Miami makes adjustments

Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, who missed yesterday's off-day practice with a migraine, attended this morning's shootaround at AmericanAirlines Arena and will almost certainly be available for tonight's Game 2 against the 76ers. Wade's teammates were calling him "blade" because he's sporting some dark shades due to light sensitivity.

Wade likely to play; Miami makes adjustments

Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, who missed yesterday's off-day practice with a migraine, attended this morning's shootaround at AmericanAirlines Arena and will almost certainly be available for tonight's Game 2 against the 76ers. Wade's teammates were calling him "blade" because he's sporting some dark shades due to light sensitivity.

Wade's status was in doubt when he missed yesterday's practice because of a migraine. The Heat said Wade came into the arena on Sunday, received some medication, and went home to rest.

Wade will likely start at shooting guard, as he always does. The second game of this best-of-seven series, which Miami currently leads 1-0, tips off tonight at 7. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade's feeling much better and he's able to eat, which he apparently wasn't able to do on Sunday. Spoelstra said Wade had a headache during Game 1, but no one was aware it would evolve into a migraine. Spoelstra said Wade "wasn't himself" during Saturday's opening win of this series.

On Saturday, Wade and teammate LeBron James combined for 38 points, which is well below their combined average. James said Miami has made some offensive adjustments in order to better attack the Sixers' defense. James also said he's watched and re-watched Game 1 and that while he doesn't want to give away the wrinkles Miami's added to their attack, those changes will be on display tonight.

"I think I need to be aggressive period," said James when asked if he needed to be more aggressive with Wade hurting. "Like I said, last game was a feel-out game for me."

James said that even though Game 1 against the Sixers was close, the Heat "took care of business" and when you look across the league a lot of top teams weren't able to do that.

"You think Boston cares how they won that game?" James said, referring to the Celtics' tight victory over the New York Knicks. 

Another theory for Miami's less-than-stellar opening game performance came from Spoelstra, who said his guys were almost too amped up to open the playoffs. When asked if he felt the team had settled down for Game 2, James said, "I'm still amped up, personally. I get amped up for every postseason game."

The Sixers danced around the foul-shooting difference from Saturday's game (Miami took 39, Sixers took 15), but you could tell that Doug Collins and his guys were frustrated by their lack of attempts. Here's what Miami forward Chris Bosh had to say about that issue.

"We attack the rim, it's nothing new," Bosh said. "Just because it's the playoffs, nothing changes ... if you look at the season we've been right up there in terms of attempts ... if they foul us, they foul us."

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Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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