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Heat Vs. Hawks: Dwyane Wade out against Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks will have their hands full tonight when they square off against the defending NBA Champs the Miami Heat. However, the task did get a little bit easier when it was announced that Dwyane Wade will not play due to a cold.

Mike Miller or perhaps Ray Allen could step into the starting lineup in place of Wade. Drew has already announced his starting lineup of Jeff Teague, Deshawn Stevenson in the backcourt with Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford up front. Either Smith or Stevenson could draw the assignment on LeBron with Wade out depending on how Erik Spoelstra decides to replace the perennial All-Star in the lineup.

Wade has started all five games for the Heat this season and is averaging 20.4 points per game on 57 percent shooting.

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