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Shoulder sidelines Haslem vs. Hawks

ATLANTA - The Heat's injury report received a new addition Wednesday, with reserve forward Haslem Upsetand leading rebounder Udonis Haslem out against the Hawks with a strained left shoulder.

Haslem has been bothered by soreness in the shoulder for at least a week, but he continued to play. He had an MRI test on the shoulder after Saturday's home game against New Jersey, but no significant damage was revealed.

Haslem aggravated the shoulder in the win against the Nets and then left Tuesday's game against the Thunder in the fourth quarter after he collided with Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison. The injury could keep also keep Haslem out of Friday's game against Toronto.

"It's been a couple of weeks, something I've been dealing with. But it got a little worse last night," said Haslem, who wore a thick wrap around his shoulder in the visitors locker room before Wednesday's game. "I would definitely play. But just talking to the trainers, it's probably not the right timing to do something like that. You have to be smart. You don't want it to be an issue longer than it needs to be."

Haslem said he has received extensive treatment on the shoulder the past few days to reduce inflammation. With Haslem out of the lineup, coach Erik Spoelstra said forward Michael Beasley would see his starting role expanded by additional minutes.

Haslem has averaged 11.7 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds per game.

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