Dwyane Wade acknowledged before Wednesday's Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers that his left knee injury is more painful than it was last season.
This season's injury is a bone bruise while last year's involved the cartilage, which required surgery in the offseason.
"It’s unfortunate I’ve had to deal with this thing for two months now," Wade said. "When I feel great, I’m going to attack. When I don’t, I know how to be a team player and give of myself for other guys.
"Even though my knee isn’t 100 percent, it ain’t gone.”