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Shane Battier out against Trail Blazers


PORTLAND — Heat forward Shane Battier will sit out Thursday night's game against the Trail Blazers due to a sore hamstring.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Battier has played with a sore hamstring for "four of five" games. Battier did not participate in the Heat's practice on Thursday and rested again during Friday morning's shootaround at Rose Garden.

Battier's injury could give Heat newcomer Jarvis Varnado a chance at immediate playing time. Varnado, who signed a 10-day contract on Wednesday, joined the team in Portland on Thursday and participated in practice. Varnado is familiar with the Heat's system after playing with the team over the summer and in preseason training camp.


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