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Udonis Haslem, Greg Oden unlikely to play in Heat preseason opener

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The Heat are missing Udonis Haslem's toughness with a knee injury. (USATSI)
The Heat are missing Udonis Haslem's toughness with a knee injury. (USATSI)

The Miam Heat open their preseason schedule in advance of their attempt at a three-peat Monday vs. Atlanta. But they'll be short on some frontcourt depth when they face the Hawks. From the South Florida Sentinel:

Missing Greg Oden is to be expected. Even after the Heat signed the former Trail Blazer, he's not expected to be back in game shape for a long time. He's on that "indefinite" timetable. Haslem had surgery on a torn meniscus this summer.

The Heat still have Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, and Chris Anderson, so they've got some depth, along with training camp pickups. The Heat have no expectations for Oden. But Haslem is a bigger question due to how important he is to their success. We'll see how long it takes Haslem to get back on the floor for the champs.

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