Dwyane Wade Injury Reminds Us Why No One Takes All-Star Games Too Seriously

Dwyane Wade left the third quarter of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game with an ankle injury. TNT's David Aldridge reported that in stepping on Deron Williams' foot after attempting a spinning jump pass, Wade aggravated a right ankle injury that had been bothering him in recent days.

Wade limped off the court and was immediately ruled out of the remainder of the game.

Serious injuries rarely occur in the annual All-Star Game, but the incredible importance every participant has for their clubs makes even small maladies suffered in an exhibition game completely terrifying. Brad Miller, then with the Sacramento Kings, suffered an ankle injury in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game that nagged him all season, and arguably killed the Kings' playoff hopes.

Wade's injury didn't look that serious, but the margin of error at the top of the Eastern Conference between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics is so small that even a one-game absence could swing home court advantage.

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