If the Miami Heat are to make their third straight NBA Finals appearance for a chance to compete for their second straight title, they will need a healthy Dwyane Wade.

The veteran guard has been a shell of himself in these playoffs, only averaging 11.2 points per game this series against the Chicago Bulls. He scored just six points on 3-of-10 shooting in Game 4.

The Heat appear to have enough to get past the depleted Bulls, but there are questions going forward of what he’ll be able to give them in the following rounds.

He’s been dealing with a nagging bone bruise in his right knee for the past two months and re-aggravated it again in Game 4 in the first half.

“I’m just frustrated at times,” Wade said. “You just try to do what you can. They ask me how I feel. I say, `Sometimes it feels good, sometimes it doesn’t.’ You can’t predict it.'"

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has deflected injury talk regarding Wade and has praised his maturity and poise in making the right basketball plays throughout the series, but anyone can see the explosion isn’t there on offense and he’s limited in his movements on defense.