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Team trainers being cautious with Chalmers and Haslem

The Heat is taking a cautious approach with its injured players this training camp.

In years past, players might have been encouraged to play through the pain. Not this preseason. Mario Chalmers, who has missed the team's first three preseason games with a quadriceps injury, indicated after Tuesday's practice that he might not be completely healthy until the season opener. Udonis Haslem is slowly returning from a strained quad as well. Joel Anthony has been held out with a strained hamstring.

"It's just a timetable," Chalmers said. "I tried to practice the other day. I'm just going to take my time and be ready for the home opener."

Haslem is more confident that he could play sooner.

"For precaution, the coaches and training staff just think it's better for me to get a little more flexibility in before I go back out there," Haslem said. "But at the end of the day, it's really no in between for me. It's either I can play or I can't. That's how I look at it as a player, but I feel like I can."


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