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LeBron James out for Heat Wednesday, Greg Oden inactive too

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

After carrying the Miami Heat with 43 points, including 25 in the first quarter, in a win over the Cleveland Cavalies Tuesday night, LeBron James will miss Wednesday night's game against the Boston Celtics. James has back spasms, which will keep him out of his third game of the season.

Greg Oden is inactive for the Heat as well, after starting the previous two games at center for Miami.

The Heat are 2-0 this season without James in the lineup. They beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-107 at the end of December and had a 93-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls near the end of February. James is averaging 27.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists this season for the Heat.

Oden has played in 19 games for Miami this season with three starts. In the previous two games which were starts, Oden totaled six points, nine rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and six fouls in nearly 27 minutes of play.

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