Dwyane Wade will miss Miami Heat's showdown with Indiana Pacers
So who is playing in the fourth and final regular-season version of Heat vs. Pacers on Friday?
Not surprisingly, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said all five of his starters -- Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West, Lance Stephenson and George Hill -- will return after he rested them in Wednesday's win over the Bucks.
But the Heat will be without Dwyane Wade for the ninth straight game due to a hamstring injury, coach Erik Spoelstra announced after the morning shootaround in Miami.
The Heat (53-25) enters a half-game back of Indiana (54-25) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami has four games left in the regular season, and the Pacers have three.
Wade, who is averaging 19.2 points per game in 51 games this season, last played on March 26 against the Pacers, scoring 15 points in an 84-83 loss. Miami is 36-15 with Wade this season and 18-10 without him.
The Pacers are 2-5 since their win over Miami. They are 2-1 against the Heat this season.
Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will sit out tonight vs Indiana. It's Wade's 9th straight absence and 28th of season. — Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) April 11, 2014