MIAMI -

The long rest seems to be paying off for the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade returned to practice on Friday.

The star guard has been nursing a sore right knee, which forced him to miss Game 4 of Miami's sweep of Milwaukee.

Wade returned to full contact.

Wade said, "It felt good to be back on the court with the guys.  It's a step in the right direction."

Wade and the Heat have plenty of time to rest.

Miami will not play again until Monday at 7:00 p.m.

The Heat will host the winner of Game 7 between Brooklyn and Chicago.

When they next take the court, Miami will have over a full week of rest.