Dwyane Wade returning from paternity leave

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Posted at Nov 21 2018 10:03 AM

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) controls the ball around Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters 

Dwyane Wade showed up to shootaround Tuesday and the mood of the struggling Miami Heat immediately changed.

The club hopes there is a carryover effect when Wade makes his return from paternity leave on Tuesday night as the Heat host the Brooklyn Nets.

Miami is just 2-5 since Wade departed the club for the Nov. 7 birth of his daughter. The 6-10 overall mark is the team's second-worst through 16 games in the past dozen seasons.

"There's a human element to this business and to the game, and it is the most important thing," coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters following the shootaround. 

"The connection, your spirit, your emotions, everybody getting on the same page and just seeing Dwyane back here with the guys, there was a tangible boost in energy in the shootaround."

Wade's next task is getting back in the swing of things. He felt he was playing well before going on the leave.

"Hopefully not too long," Wade told reporters per getting back to 100 percent. "I was so excited for my daughter to come, but I was like, 'Baby, you know your dad was playing in a rhythm. You could've waited a little while.'"


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The 36-year-old Wade averaged 18.7 points on 21-of-38 shooting in his final three games. The 12-time All-Star scored 19 points in two of the contests and 18 in the other.

Overall, Wade is averaging 14.3 points in nine games this season.

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