NBA Playoff 2013 News And Rumors: Dwyane Wade Is A Game Time Decision, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng And Kirk Hinrich Out For Game 5

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May 15, 2013 02:40 PM EDT
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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (R) drives past Chicago Bulls Marco Belinelli of Italy during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami, Florida May 8, 2013. "

The Miami Heat are one game away from returning to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third straight year, and will look to handle business Wednesday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Heat star Dwyane Wade will be a game-time decision for Game 5 against the Bulls after participating in Wednesday morning's shootaround.

According to ESPN, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra provided an update on Wade's status, saying that his bruised right knee would be evaluated prior to Wednesday's start.

"He had a very good day [Tuesday] and a good shootaround," Spoelstra said. "We'll evaluate him before the game and go from there."

Wade has been dealing with multiple bruises and soreness in his right knee for two months, receiving extensive treatment on Tuesday before officially being listed as questionable for Game 5.

With Wade's status up in the air, their opponents, the Bulls, will be without some key members as well.

Guard Derrick Rose was ruled out of Game 5, meaning he can potentially miss the entire season after undergoing ACL surgery on May 12, 2012.

Though he never downplayed rumors that he could return during the playoffs, being down 3-1 to the Heat isn't a promising sign that fans will be seeing him back on the floor anytime soon.

Luol Deng, who's recovering from the effects of a spinal tap surgery, didn't fly with the team to Miami for Game 5. He hasn't played since Game 5 of the first round against the Brooklyn Nets, and chances are his season is done as well.

Guard Kirk Hinrich is "most likely" out, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, as he is still recovering from a calf injury he endured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first round.

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