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NBA roundup: Heat's James, Wade out for game against Spurs

The SportsXchange

The Miami Heat's game against the San Antonio Spurs was supposed to be a preview of a possible NBA Finals series. But the Heat didn't resemble the team with the NBA's best record in that contest.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James as well as guard Dwyane Wade and guard Mario Chalmers were scheduled to sit out Sunday night's game against Spurs.

James suffered a right hamstring strain in the first half of Friday's game against the New Orleans Hornets. He is listed as day-to-day.

Wade hurt his right ankle in Wednesday's loss to the Chicago Bulls, but did not sit out Friday.

Chalmers sat out Friday's game with a sprained right ankle.

The Heat (57-15) have a two-game lead on the Spurs (55-17) for the No.1 overall seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

--- A strained hamstring will keep Spurs guard Manu Ginobili from playing against the Heat.

---Andre Iguodala is expected to forgo the final year of his contract with the Denver Nuggets and test free agency after this season.

Iguodala, 29, has a player option worth around $16.1 million next season, but admitted he will strongly consider seeking a lucrative multi-year deal.

---Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will have season-ending surgery on his sore right Achilles' tendon on Wednesday.

The Hawks confirmed that the procedure will take place in Charlotte, N.C. The recovery time is expected to be six months.

---Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he'll make a decision before training camp starts next season whether 2013-14 will be his final season.

Bryant, 34, who began his career with the Lakers in 1996, is approaching the final year of a contract that will pay him $30.4 million in 2013-14.

---Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to play (left shoulder AC sprain) and will be active Sunday when the Cavaliers and Hornets meet in New Orleans.

---Center Tyson Chandler has missed the past nine games with a pinched nerve in his neck, but the New York Knicks remain optimistic that he will return for the playoffs if not before.
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