ORLANDO, Fla. -- Things keep getting worse for the reeling
"He's sick," Heat coach Pat Riley said shortly before tip-off
Wednesday. "He's just really sick. Sick as a dog. Probably sick
Starting forward Udonis Haslem (left high ankle sprain) also
didn't make the trip with Miami, which is already playing without
injured centers Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning. O'Neal will
miss another week, at least, with a sore hip; Mourning's season
ended last month when he tore a knee tendon.
Haslem -- one of Miami's most dependable players since joining
the NBA five years ago -- will miss multiple games.
"He's going to be out indefinitely," Riley said.
The injuries, illness and Smush Parker's never-ending stint on
the inactive list because of an unresolved legal matter reduced
Miami to having 10 players on the trip to Orlando.
"There are still guys out here that have work to do," said
Heat center Mark Blount, whose team has lost 16 of its past 17
games. "We are still going to play hard and compete. That's all we
can do right now."
Entering Wednesday, Miami is 9-34 this season, a stunning
decline for the team that won the 2006 NBA championship.
Since winning that title, the Heat have gone 53-76 -- with injury
battles being a constant factor.
"I was looking today just to see how many times they've had
their group together," said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy, a former
Heat coach and Riley protege. "They just haven't. And when they
do, it's so sporadic. ... The injuries, for two years really, have
disrupted any chance to get any flow going."
Wade left Miami's 117-87 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday
midway through the third quarter, with the Heat in a 35-point hole.
He headed into the locker room just before the start of the final
period for treatment and rest.
"He has been under the weather the last couple of days," Riley
Haslem -- who was the only Miami player to start each of the
team's first 43 games -- sprained his ankle when he stepped on
someone's foot in the second quarter against the Celtics, who blew
out the Heat despite playing without Kevin Garnett (strained
abdominal muscle) and Ray Allen (flu).
Haslem left Miami's arena Tuesday night wearing a protective