Wade expected to play against Bulls

Dwyane Wade is slated to return to the Miami Heat's lineup when the defending NBA champions put their 27-game win streak on the line in Wednesday's showdown against the Chicago Bulls.

Wade has sat out the Heat's two most recent victories with soreness in his right knee, but participated in Wednesday's morning shootaround and told reporters afterward he intends to play in the contest.

The All-Star guard enters Wednesday's matchup averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Heat, whose current unbeaten run ranks as the second-longest in league history.

Miami hasn't lost since a 102-89 setback at Indiana on Feb. 28.