Wade, Allen, Oden, Chalmers all out for Heat Friday vs. Pistons

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Is this the Miami Heat’s Los Angeles Lakers imitation?

The Miami Heat will be without three starters — Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden and Mario Chalmers — plus sixth man Ray Allen for Friday night’s game in Detroit, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

So if LeBron James didn’t think he was already carrying enough load…

Wade is out after suffering a hamstring injury late in Miami’s loss to Indiana Wednesday night. Wade tried to race to get back on defense and during the sprint down the court you could see him pull up then grab his hamstring. He asked out of the game and did not return.

Oden is suffering back spasms. Allen is still battling the flu that caused him to miss the game against the Pacers. Chalmers has a quadricep injury.

The Heat are now three games back of the Pacers for the best record in the East, a gap they are not likely to close. With that, expect coach Erik Spoelstra to rest a lot of guys down the stretch, trying to get them healthy for the playoffs.