Dwyane Wade to miss 2nd straight game, Mario Chalmers will start
Wade missed Miami's last game as well, a 114-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. He had played through three pairs of back-to-back games before deciding to rest the left hamstring injury on Friday. Wade said he first felt tightness in his hamstring in Miami's previous game Nov. 12 vs. the Indiana Pacers, but played through the discomfort to score 20 points in 34 minutes.
James Ennis started in his place against the Hawks.
In his 11th year, Wade is averaging 19.8 points, 6.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Last season, Wade missed 28 games with a variety of ailments.
The Heat are currently 5-4 in their first season with LeBron James, who is now in Cleveland.
Forward Josh McRoberts is also out for Sunday night's game as he deals with a foot injury. McRoberts, who signed a four-year, $23 million contract with the Heat in July, had toe surgery after last season and was brought along cautiously in Miami this offseason. The seven-year veteran has played in seven games this season, averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest.
- Mike Fiammetta