MIAMI -- LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out the game, resting for the postseason. Dwyane Wade played and got hurt.
Wade lasted less than three minutes before dislocating his left index finger, and without their three stars, the Heat lost 86-84 to the woeful Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
A doctor reset Wade's finger, which was swollen and in a splint after the game. X-rays were negative, and with the playoffs starting next weekend, he was relieved the injury wasn't worse
"I'm not going to cry about it," he said. "When I was sitting on the table before they could put it back in, the worst-case scenario was surgery, and the best-case scenario was this. Obviously it will be sore for a couple of days, but I'll be ready to go when the playoffs start, for sure."
Wade appeared to get his finger caught in another player's jersey and immediately went to the locker room grimacing in pain. He never returned, even though fans chanted "We want Dwyane!" a couple of times.
James sat out for only the second time this season. He was active and got taped after Wade departed but never entered the lineup.
The game wasn't meaningless: The Heat fell two games behind the Chicago Bulls in the loss column in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference, and only three games remain for Miami.