Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade refused to be downbeat about ending a 483-game streak of starting in appearances for the defending champions last night, telling Yahoo Sports! that his health must come first following a reserve role against the San Antonio Spurs.
Wade returned towards the end of the first quarter on Sunday after missing Miami's last four matches with a knee problem, but was restricted to 23 minutes as a precaution in a comfortable 113-101 success for the Heat.
Despite contributing just eight points and shooting 3/8 from the field Wade is adamant that he is not overly about his concerned about his position as a leading franchise player, preferring to focus on working the positives and a return from a niggling injury.
He told Yahoo Sports: "The reality of it is you got to wait and see. I'm not going to make a bigger deal of it than it is and I'm going to act like it's nothing.
"People could think what they want. I'm continuing to work to make sure I'm at my best when I can be."
Miami got significant numbers from elsewhere and more than compensated for Wade's absence, with Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh chipping in with 16 and 24 points apiece at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
LeBron James was also back on song with 18 points, although the most notable individual stat of the night belonged to Spurs veteran Tim Duncan, who passed Allen Iverson to go 20th on the all-time scoring list.