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Heat to move slowly, but Wade expects to play in preseason

Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat’s home arena in Miami, Florida September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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The Miami Heat seem to be going a little slowly and easing into the long season ahead. Players are talking about how coach Erik Spoelstra, usually a task master of the Pat Riley mold, has changed his style and the practices are more mellow and workman like.

That slower pace includes bringing back Dwyane Wade from off-season knee surgery — expect him only when he and the doctors are ready. And the doctors will err on the side of caution.

But Dwyane Wade doesn’t plan to sit out the entire preseason. He is not likely to play on the team’s upcoming China trip, but he said he wants to play this preseason, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Wade said there is nothing to speculation that he will sit out the entire preseason due to his knee. “I will try a preseason game,” he said. “It will be more than one. I won’t be eight, but it will be more than one.”

Wade went through Tuesday’s entire practice, but what really matters is how his knee responds on Wednesday. If there is no swelling, it’s a good sign. And his preseason game prediction could come true. If not... the Heat are going slow.

Chris Bosh also sat out Tuesday with a sore knee.