Heat hobbled after successful trip

Miami banged up after trip out West


MIAMI – The Miami Heat are back from their West Coast trip with a 3-1 record and quite a few small injuries.

LeBron James missed his first game of the season on Saturday night with a strained right groin, but returned to action on Monday.

Dwyane Wade left Monday's game against Denver during the third quarter.

Wade aggravated his back.

Wade said "I'm not really overly concerned, I haven't had a history, I've had it before, I haven't had a long history of it lasting a long time.  Hopefully, the medicine and treatment and a couple days between our games, I'll be fine."

Chris Andersen also missed several games for the Heat with back troubles.

During Monday's game in Denver, Norris Cole smacked his face against the floor.

He was helped to the locker room.

Cole did return to the bench later in the game and is expected to be okay.

Despite all the injuries, Miami picked up wins against the Lakers, Trailblazers, and Nuggets.

Miami returns to action on Thursday against the Warriors at the American Airlines Arena.

About the Author: