“It’s just based on all that [Oden] has prepared for so far,” Spoelstra told NBA.com before the game. "We just told him we don’t want him to play [both nights of] a back-to-back right now.”
Oden played just five minutes Monday against the Bobcats, but has appeared in each of the team's last four games. He is averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 14 appearances, after missing three full seasons due to knee issues.
Oden, who got the starting nod for an injured LeBron James (nose), scored five points and grabbed five rebounds while logging 13 minutes of game action in a 93-79 win. He is averaging just 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds in 7.0 minutes over his last three appearances.
Oden, who has been eased back into the rotation after missing nearly four years with knee problems, played 10 minutes in the game, his highest total yet. He scored five points on 2 of 5 shooting, and added five rebounds and one block in the win.
Oden is likely to continue receiving plenty of rest, and is probably not fated to be worked into a full-time role at any point this season.
Oden, who sat out the first 37 games of the season rehabbing his knees, played just eight minutes in the game, but managed to make an impact. He scored six point on 2 of 3 shooting and added two rebounds in those eight minutes, and was one of just two players to register a positive plus-minus in the 114-97 loss.
Oden told reporters after the game he felt fine in his first action since 2009, but will need to see how his body reacts to the game experience before his status moving forward is determined. Oden has been inactive for all of the season prior to Wednesday's game, but the trade of Joel Anthony seemingly moves him up in the rotation.
With the trade of Joel Anthony and an injury keeping Chris Andersen,
Oden has yet to play this season while working his way into shape from a number of knee surgeries.
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