KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Udonis Haslem is set to make his preseason debut tonight against the Wizards at Kansas City's Sprint Center. Mario Chalmers is also a possibility.
Both Haslem and Chalmers have been sidelined since the beginning of training camp with upper-leg injuries. They worked out alongside each other before Tuesday's game in Raleigh, appearing ready for a return after a long series of sprints. Haslem, who participated in a full-contract workout on Saturday, is more likely to see action against the Wizards.
"I think he will physically harm me if he doesn't play tomorrow, so he's playing," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
LeBron James is ready for Chalmers to rejoin the starting lineup. James voiced slight concern on Tuesday about the need for Chalmers to play a few games before the season begins.
“He hasn’t practiced because of the quad injury,” James said. “It doesn’t matter what kind of rhythm you have, you need some kind of repetition out on the floor and we haven’t been able to get that.”