Sunday , Jun , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Wade out for Saturday’s game

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed
Saturday’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Detroit
Pistons with a rib injury.

Miami lost the game 91-66 and will host Game 7 on Monday night.

Wade sustained the injury in Game 5 of the conference finals on Thursday. He
went down in the second half of the 88-76 win, but the Heat already had a big
lead and held on for the triumph.

The Marquette product participated in pre-game warm-ups, but couldn’t shake
the nagging rib problem. Rasual Butler took his place on Saturday and had 13
points for the Heat, who compiled an all-time franchise playoff low 66 points.
The previous low was 68 points versus the Chicago Bulls in the 1997 post-

In 13 playoff games this season, Wade is averaging 28 points, 6.1 rebounds
and 6.8 assists.

The Heat lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, and can earn their first trip to
the NBA Finals with a victory Saturday at the Palace. Game 7, if necessary,
would be on Monday in Miami.