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Wade, Allen, Andersen sit out for Heat at Kings
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Miami Heat's Ray Allen (34) attempts a three-pointer and is fouled by Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Miami. Allen then made three free throws to send the game into overtime. The Heat won 121-119 in overtime. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 27, 2013, 10:08 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen sat out for the Miami Heat at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night to rest and recover from various injuries.

Roger Mason Jr. started in Wade's place. It was the eighth game Wade has missed this season.

Wade has sat out at least one game of most back-to-back sets this season as the team hopes to keep his problematic knees healthy. Miami plays at Portland on Saturday night.

Allen has been dealing with soreness in his knees, and Andersen has been coping with back and neck soreness that kept him out of the second half of Wednesday's victory at the Los Angeles Lakers. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn't sure if either would be able to play against the Trail Blazers.

Spoelstra also said Greg Oden's rehabilitation from various knee injuries is progressing, but the center will not be in the active lineup in Miami's lone visit to Portland. The Blazers made Oden the No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft - one slot ahead of Kevin Durant, who was taken by Oklahoma City.

Oden went through some light workouts on the court about an hour before Miami's game at Sacramento.

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