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.