"It is difficult to build a rhythm without being whole," center Chris Bosh said Thursday. "We just really have to wing it and compete and make sure we're playing good defense to give ourselves a chance."
LeBron James has said not having Wade available on a regular basis has been a tougher challenge to overcome this season.
"I can say from a rhythm standpoint, it's kind of hurt us," James said after Tuesday's game against Boston. "And we're a team that's built on rhythm, built on chemistry, and we've had so many lineup changes, so many different guys in and out with injuries that it's kind of hurt our performance."
James also said the team might be better off psychologically if they prepared for games with the mindset that Wade won't play and adjust if he does play, instead of the other way around.
Spoelstra said such an approach "might not be realistic," but agreed that the earlier that teammates know Wade's status for games, the better they'd be prepared.
"If we know," Spoelstra said. "But sometimes we don't. Sometimes he's warming up with the intent to play. That's the way this team is built. The quicker we understand that and embrace that, the quicker we can manage it."