Sunday’s game against the Knicks made it three Heat games in a row without Dwyane Wade, five in a row sans center Greg Oden and the eighth this season without center Chris Andersen.
The Heat started Toney Douglas in Wade’s place with Mario Chalmers in the backcourt and LeBron James, Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh up front. Justin Hamilton might have gotten minutes Sunday, but he sat out with a cold.
Wade did some work on the court before pregame warmups Sunday afternoon and closed with a two-handed dunk, giving a little push to his strained left hamstring. Oden continues to suffer from back spasms.
“Dwyane had a really good workout again [Sunday], so he is making progress but he is not ready yet for a game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
“Greg is also making progress. This is the best he has felt [Sunday]. Chris has a couple of minor issues right now, his back and a bruise issue on his knee, so he won’t play. Hopefully, an extra day of rest will help.”
Time for rest?
Everybody might need a little rest soon, especially James.
Sunday’s game is the first of five games in seven days, in the middle of a stretch of five games in eight days. March 7 and 8 will be the Heat’s last back-to-back days without a game this regular season.
“I have a calendar on my board in my office with a lot of different scenarios but right now we are not getting to any of those scenarios,” Spoelstra said. “I’m probably not going to kill myself and overthink it at this point. I’ll handle it as it comes.”
This and that
• The Knicks, who entered Sunday with the ninth-best winning percentage in the East, scratched Andrea Bargninani (torn elbow ligament) and Kenyon Martin (sore left ankle). Carmelo Anthony played with a strained right shoulder.
• According to The Associated Press, which searched games back to 2002, the Knicks haven’t reached 14 points any faster than the 2:23 it took Sunday.