Wade, Allen, Andersen sit out for Heat at Kings

Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen sat out for the Miami

Heat at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night to rest and recover

from various injuries.

Roger Mason Jr. started in Wade’s place. It was the eighth game

Wade has missed this season.

Wade has sat out at least one game of most back-to-back sets

this season as the team hopes to keep his problematic knees

healthy. Miami plays at Portland on Saturday night.

Allen has been dealing with soreness in his knees, and Andersen

has been coping with back and neck soreness that kept him out of

the second half of Wednesday’s victory at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t sure if either would be able to

play against the Trail Blazers.

Spoelstra also said Greg Oden’s rehabilitation from various knee

injuries is progressing, but the center will not be in the active

lineup in Miami’s lone visit to Portland. The Blazers made Oden the

No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft – one slot ahead of Kevin Durant, who

was taken by Oklahoma City.

Oden went through some light workouts on the court about an hour

before Miami’s game at Sacramento.