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Out against the Pacers, Dwyane Wade has now missed more than one-third of the regular season

As expected, Dwyane Wade will not play tonight against the Indiana Pacers as he rests his injured hamstring for the playoffs, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said at Friday's shootaround.

The Heat plays the Pacers on Friday night with a chance to retake the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers currently lead the Heat by half a game in the standings.

Wade has now missed more than one-third of the regular season (28 games) due to either injuries or needed rest for his balky knees. His latest setback, a strained hamstring, occurred during the final two minutes of the Heat's loss to the Pacers two weeks ago in Indianapolis. This will be Wade's ninth-straight game to miss due to his hamstring injury.

Guard Toney Douglas is expected to start in place of Wade.

While Wade remains sidelined, Heat starting center Udonis Haslem will return to the court Friday after missing the Heat's recent back-to-back due to a stomach illness. The Heat will need Haslem's size inside against the Pacers, which rested all five of its starters on Wednesday in a victory against the Bucks.



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Glad I didn't buy any season tickets.

The fact that he is not playing tonight is very telling of how truly injured he is. There is no way that you can depend on Wade anymore. He just cannot stay healthy enough to justify another big contract. He may end up opting into his final two years, since he can probably make more on those two years then he would get on the open market with a new contract. He may be a 5 to 8 mil a yr guy now and I'm not even so sure about that range anymore. He is going to end up missing 30+ games this year. That is more then a 1/3 of the season.

Yeah, let Wade sign with the Bulls and play 75 games for them next year, for 8-10 mil/year. We can move supercoolbeas to the SF, let LBJ chase around SGs, and see how our season plays out.

Our team isn't perfect - let's highlight the little faults we have.

Damn, how did you guys make it through the 16 win season the other year? Suicidal? You can't be Dolphin fans with this attitude, you'ld never survive.

Heat 98
Pacers 93

Way too much to comment on at this very moment. Yes...Riley will need to make another great re-do this off-season with just about standing pat this time around.

Tonight - anything can happen. Heat pride will take another national hit with a loss...but the 2nd seed looks better than #1 right now. So for now...guess we'll just wait to hear that next ping.

Super cool don't have nothing to do with this discussion. He's a 12 th man. We are talking about one of "THE MAN!" If you pay $20 for a seafood platter and it ain't got no shrimp on it, you got a right to be upset. If they only put 8 on the plate when it should be 12, it's ok to have a problem with that too. Where is the other 3rd of my dam shrimp?

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