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OAKLAND -- There may be only one way a 21st Century shooting guard without a reliable 3-point shot can glide into the Hall of Fame.

Answer to the name Dwyane Wade.

Wade makes his final appearance at Oracle Arena on Sunday, when the Miami Heat face the Warriors. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:00 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

This being Wade’s last season in the NBA, the 37-year-old is on his retirement tour, coming off the bench occasionally flashing the form that made him great and then swapping jerseys with select opponents afterward.

Wade’s career will include 14 All-Star games, eight All-NBA selections and three NBA championships. Not bad for someone with a 3-ball (29.1 percent for his career) that struck no fear into opponents. He did it with guile, grit, fearlessness and athleticism. He is among the most respected players in the league.

Though Wade is listed as questionable, he likely will suit up because that’s his MO.

The Warriors (39-15) know they’ll have to compete anytime they face Wade and the Heat. And also bring pads and the ointment cabinet against a squad with a reputation for bumping and bruising.

Miami (25-28) is in the middle of a five-game road trip, having won at Portland last Tuesday and lost at Sacramento on Friday.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

 

Heat

F Josh Richardson
F Kelly Olynyk
C Hassan Whiteside
G Dion Waiters
G Justise Winslow

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/G Andre Iguodala (left hamstring tightness), G Jacob Evans (left pelvic soreness) and C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are listed as out.

Heat: Wade (back contusion) is listed as questionable. G Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) and F/G Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruise) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The Warriors tend to be cautious with Iguodala’s lower body issues, so it's not surprising that he will sit, especially with a Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back set against Western Conference contenders Utah and Portland.

With Iguodala ruled out, PG Shaun Livingston and F Alfonzo McKinnie will be in line for more minutes.

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PF Jonas Jerebko played well on Friday and, despite being out of the rotation for much of January, may have earned another shot. He’ll mix it up, and that can come in handy against the Heat.

Thompson has been sizzling over the pass three games, shooting 66.7 percent from the field, including 70.6 percent from deep.

Heat: Wade took a hard fall against the Kings but returned to the game. His status will be updated before tipoff.

If he can’t go, the primary reserves will be C/F Bam Adebayo, F James Johnson and G/F Rodney McGruder. PF Ryan Anderson, acquired four days ago in a trade with Phoenix, did not play Friday in his home area of Sacramento but could see time Sunday.

Though Richardson is the leading scorer (17.4 ppg), Whiteside has been their best player -- while also being wildly inconsistent.

Heat strengths: defense (third in field goal percentage defense) and offensive rebounding (fifth), the latter being an area where the Warriors have been vulnerable. Heat weaknesses: shooting (27th), 3-point defense (23rd) and turnovers (23rd).

Officials: Ed Malloy (chief), Kevin Cutler, Jason Goldenberg.