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Dwyane Wade sits preseason opener

Updated: October 7, 2013, 10:10 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade was in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat's preseason opener. That is, until he decided he needed a night off.

Saying he was erring on the side of caution, the nine-time All-Star announced about an hour before game time that he would not be playing when the Heat faced the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Wade was in coach Erik Spoelstra's original lineup.

"He wants me to do what's best for my body," Wade said. "I've been practicing very hard, going very hard. ...

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