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Dwyane Wade out for Heat’s game in Denver

Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AP

Dwyane Wade played Wednesday night in Los Angeles in Miami’s loss to the Clippers, after being declared a game-time decision with a sore foot. It was clear that Wade wasn’t right, so that might be the reason behind the Heat shutting him down on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver.

Wade will sit out Thursday night’s nationally televised contest against the Nuggets, and based on his 2-of-10 shooting performance last night in L.A., that’s likely the right decision.

The Heat are in the enviable position of playing for the postseason; the team knows now that it’s capable of winning a championship, so these games in November have little meaning to an organization that plans on priming itself for a playoff run that doesn’t begin until mid-April.

With Wade out of the lineup, Mike Miller may get the start in his place, but expect to see plenty of extra minutes from Ray Allen and Norris Cole in Wade’s absence.