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Miami coach waiting to determine Wade's playing status in showdown with Pacers

  • Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes up to shoot over Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14), of Montenegro, and forward Corey Brewer (13) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes up to shoot over Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14), of Montenegro, and forward Corey Brewer (13) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (23) is fouled by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) while shooting during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Martin had a team high 19 points as the Heat defeated the Timberwolves 103-82. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (23) is fouled by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) while shooting during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Martin had a team high 19 points as the Heat defeated the Timberwolves 103-82. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra will wait to decide whether to play guard Dwyane Wade against the Pacers on Tuesday night.

Spoelstra spoke after the team's shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He says he expects everyone to be ready for the showdown between the two-time defending NBA champs and the team with the NBA's best record this season (18-3).

He'll wait until about 45 minutes before tip-off to "put everything in ink."

Wade has missed six games with the Heat (16-5) this season in an effort to protect his knees.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel wouldn't say when forward Danny Granger would return. Granger has been sidelined this season with a strained calf.