Toronto a rest stop for Heat's weary Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade will sit out Saturday's game against the Raptors to rest a bruised thigh. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

TORONTO -- Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade missed Saturday's game against the Toronto Raptors to recover from a bruised thigh, and he hopes to revive for the team's stretch run toward the playoffs.

Wade initially sustained the bruise when he collided with another player during the Heat's loss Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Two days later, Wade sat out Friday's morning shootaround in Chicago but played 31 minutes in Miami's victory over the Bulls.

Wade missed 12 of 15 shots, but finished with nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Chicago. After the game, Wade had both his right shoulder and left thigh heavily wrapped in ice and bandages. He did not speak with reporters before Saturday's game against the Raptors, which completed a three-game road trip for the Heat.

"You could see he was really laboring through that," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday of Wade's performance in Chicago. "We expected that the second day would be even more sore than the first day. I was surprised he was able to gut out 30 minutes anyway. So it didn't get any better overnight."

Spoelstra said Wade needed rest and treatment and does not believe the thigh bruise will be a lingering concern as the Heat try to remain in position for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference, which would guarantee home-court advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs.

"I think he just needs rest, more than anything," Spoelstra said. "More treatment. It should be able to respond pretty quickly with a lot of that and no extra pounding (from Saturday's game)."

Wade has missed six games this season, with five due to injury and another to be with his son in the hospital in November. After missing a total of 48 games over the previous two seasons, Wade was adamant about remaining available after he signed a one-year, $20 million contract last summer.

Before Friday's game in Chicago, Wade spoke of the challenges he has faced to battle through nagging injuries, especially at a crucial time of the season when the Heat are uncertain if leading scorer Chris Bosh will return from a medical condition that has sidelined him since last month's All-Star break.

"It's been two days, but nah, it still feels the same," Wade said Friday after he decided to play through the discomfort. "The hard part about when you get deep thigh bruises is you can't do nothing but ice it for the first couple of days. You can't do any massages and all of that stuff. But at this time of the year, if you're able to go -- and are not going to hurt yourself more or hurt you team -- you push through stuff."

Wade has averaged 20.9 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds since Bosh has been out, and the Heat had won nine of 12 games entering Saturday's visit to Toronto. By sitting out Saturday, Wade will have two days of extensive treatment before his status is determined for Monday's home game against Denver.

"With most things, I can say that if it's not my knees, I can try to push through it," Wade said. "But other body parts are going to be sore and affect you. My shoulders are still sore. It doesn't just go away, especially when you're playing a physical game. But you try to just figure it out."