Wade, placed on the injured list Jan. 2, was examined Thursday
and fitted with a new cast. His status will be re-evaluated before
the Heat's next home game Jan. 20, and he could return just over a
"You're probably not going to take the cast off one day on your
shooting hand and play the next day," coach Stan Van Gundy said.
"Obviously, it's a lengthy period of time."
Wade understands he needs to make sure the injury heals
"I don't want to be coming in and out of the lineup," he said.
"When I come back, I want to be back."
Wade has been one of the NBA's top rookies, averaging 16.2
points and 4.4 assists.