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Saturday evening Heat update: Wade, Whiteside, buyout conundrum

Couple quick Heat notes from the arena:

### The Heat says there won’t be any update on Chris Bosh tonight and that they do not expect him to attend tonight’s game against Washington. Bosh has been dealing with a blood clot in his calf, though the Heat has not confirmed that. A return this season has not been ruled out.

Erik Spoelstra would not comment on his health or status but said from a spirit standpoint, “CB is great. He always is. That’s one of the best qualities about CB.”

### Dwyane Wade will miss his second game in a row with left knee soreness, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. “Everything came back negative [with the MRI],” Spoelstra said. “He’ll be day to day from here. He’s already started to feel better.”

Wade, who was not in the locker-room during media access tonight, posted a picture on Snapchat with the caption: “The smile you give when you get good news.”

### Spoelstra indicated he likely would continue bringing Hassan Whiteside off the bench, with Amar’e Stoudemire remaining the starter.

“We do need a burst of something,” Spoelstra said. “That could be energy, effort, passion. It’s not all on him.”

### The Heat did not make a push for the two prominent players released so far, Milwaukee-bound Steve Novak and Dallas-bound David Lee.

The Heat stands only $213,000 below the luxury tax threshold and would climb back over the line if it fills either of its two open roster spots before the range of March 6-8 and keeps the player for the duration of the season.

One option that would keep the Heat from paying a tax is signing a player the second week of March and then signing another at the end of the regular season, just before the playoffs.

Players who are in the NBA this season must be released by other teams by March 1 to be playoff eligible, but they are not required to join a new team by that date. Players signed by the end of the regular season are playoff eligible.

Though the Heat would have interest in Joe Johnson if he gets a Nets buyout, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported he will sign with the Cavaliers if he shakes free.

### The Heat enters tonight 13-3 when it plays without Wade and Bosh. Since LeBron James left, Miami is 4-1 without Wade and Bosh.

### With Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts each reaching double figures in assists Friday in Atlanta, it marked only the third team in Heat history that two teammates have done that in the same game.

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