Four Heat players likely out Friday
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said all four players continued to receive treatment during Thursday's light practice at AmericanAirlines Arena before the team's flight to Charlotte. James, Wade and Chalmers have missed the past two games and have not played since Friday's win at New Orleans.
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James is dealing with a sore right hamstring, an injury he aggravated in the second half against the Hornets. Wade has been bothered by a sore right knee for a month and sprained his right ankle during the March 27 loss in Chicago, which ended the Heat's 27-game winning streak.
Chalmers also is dealing with a sore right ankle.
Allen is getting some time off to rest his right ankle, which he had surgery on to remove bone spurs last summer. The 37-year-old veteran shooting guard has played through some discomfort in the ankle throughout the season and said earlier this week that it was about 80 percent healthy.
Allen and Chalmers both participated in parts of Thursday's practice. But James and Wade sat out to receive treatment during the workout. Under team policy, players who do not participate in practice are not made available to the media after the session ends.
All four players traveled with the team Thursday.
Spoelstra said the Heat (58-16), who have clinched the No. 1 playoff seed in the East, still have time over the final two weeks of the regular season to get into a playoff rhythm. But he also said the team's priority is to get as healthy as possible.
"We've had to deal with these minor injuries right now, and we're being very proactive and very aggressive [to treat them]," Spoelstra said. "All of our guys understand what's important, and that's to take care of your body and address some of these things right now judiciously."
Friday's game is the first of a back-to-back set for the Heat, who return home Saturday to place the Philadelphia 76ers. Spoelstra has said all of his ailing players remain day-to-day for the rest of the regular season and will be evaluated before each game.
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