Five-day break comes at ideal time for Heat

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Five-day break comes at ideal time for Heat

MIAMI – For the past nine seasons, Dwyane Wade never experienced what it was like to rest during the NBA All-Star Break.

The past five days have given him a close replica of what it’s like.

With the Miami Heat having not played since Thursday, the idle time has been beneficial for the team in terms of health and extra practice time.

They return to the court to face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“For some of us who don’t get an All-Star Break, I guess this is what it feels like in a sense,” said Wade, who will play in his ninth consecutive All-Star Game next month in Houston.

“It was good for our team. We kind of get a rest. We are one of the oldest teams in the league. Guys mentally and physically kind of get away from the grind and get back into it.”

Wade returned to practice after skipping Monday to tend to what the team termed as a “sore toe.” Tuesday was LeBron James’ turn to rest, sitting out with a “cold.” Both are expected to play against the Raptors.

“For the players we’re just trying to stay healthy,” Wade said.

“We’re trying to get some work in. We’re trying to make sure we continue to understand where our success comes from. We want to work those habits. For the coach, they love it. It’s an opportunity where they get to earn their paychecks.”

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By Shandel Richardson

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