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It' only Game 1 of the preseason, but the Heat's roster already looks set.

It's pretty obvious after Monday night that Roger Mason Jr. is making the team as the Heat's third point guard. Mason scored 14 points off the bench and played more minutes (27) than anyone in the Heat's first game of the preseason. The Heat defeated the Hawks 92-87.

“He’s a great fit,” said James of Mason. “He’s just a solid basketball player that knows how to play the game. He’s a combo guard who can spread the floor but also handle the ball, he doesn’t make any mistakes and he fits right in.”

Mason was 3 of 4 from three-point range and also had six rebounds and four assists. That reads like one of Mike Miller's lines when he was healthy and playing his best. Mason doesn't bring the exact same skill set as Miller to the Heat's offense and defense but it's close enough. If Dwyane Wade goes down with an injury this season, Mason will be a solid and reliable option to fill the void.

So, projecting ahead, the Heat's roster should be all but set if Mason indeed has a spot already reserved. The only real question that remains is whether or not Michael Beasley makes the team, and I don't think that's much of a question at this point. Why would the Heat bring him back just to cut him? So here's your final 15: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Ray Allen, Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, Norris Cole, Roger Mason Jr., Joel Anthony, James Jones, Michael Beasley, Rashard Lewis and Greg Oden.

—Wade sat out due "general leg soreness," but he said he plans to practice on Tuesday and play against the Pistons on Thursday. I'd expect Wade to sit on Friday against the Bobcats in Kansas City.




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