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Heat Activate Rookie Dwyane Wade

January 28, 2004

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Miami rookie guard Dwyane Wade was activated from the injured list Wednesday night just before the Heat played the Cavaliers after missing 13 games with a sprained wrist.

Wade, a first-round pick averaging 16.2 points a game, injured his right wrist when he fell in a win at Washington on Dec. 26.

To make room for Wade, the club placed forward Rasual Butler on the injured list with a strained groin.

Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said Wade, who has started all 29 games he’s played this season, will come off the bench for now.

``I think it will take him some time to settle in and get back to his game,″ Van Gundy said. ``But I don’t think it will take long.″

Wade is averaging a team-high 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and a team-leading 1.28 steals in 36.5 minutes. He will play in next month’s Rookie Challenge during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

Butler was averaging 5.7 points and 1.4 rebounds.

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