Dwayne Wade missed the Miami Heat's Monday night clash against the Atlanta Hawks with mild knee soreness, according to NBA.com.

The 31-year-old shooting guard has been plagued by knee problems ever since suffering a bone bruise last postseason, resulting in the need for sporadic breaks to successfully manage his fitness.

Erik Spoelstra revealed that Wade arrived at the American Airlines Arena intending to play, despite the need for large ice bandages around both knees.

"It's part of the plan," Spoelstra explained, in response for the need to rest Wade for the first time since December 8. "He was actually thinking about playing today.

"He was a little bit sore, so after discussing that [Trainer Jay Sabol] and I pretty much decided that it's best for him not to play, but he wanted to."

Wade has typically avoided the second game of back-to-backs to prevent aggravating his knees, and so was replaced in the starting lineup by Ray Allen.

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