Greg Oden could play tonight vs. Sixers

Greg Oden could play tonight vs. Sixers
January 17, 2014, 10:30 am
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Greg Oden played his first NBA game in four-plus years in Miami's loss to the Wizards on Wednesday. (USA Tody Images)

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are the attractions when wanting to watch the Miami Heat play, after all they are the first, fifth and fourth picks respectively from the 2003 NBA draft.

The two-time defending champions will be at the Wells Fargo Center this evening for a second showing this season.

And in addition to seeing the “big three” play, there is a chance that the No. 1 overall pick from 2007, Greg Oden, will take the court as well.

On Wednesday, Oden played in an NBA game for the first time in four-plus years. Oden played eight minutes, scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in the Heat’s disappointing loss to the Wizards -- their third straight.

“The one bright spot was Greg Oden,” Erik Spoelstra said after Thursday’s practice at Temple University. “We were all very happy that he was able to get out there and compete for a short period of minutes. We know the struggle he has been in and just to see the smile on his face. We allowed one guy to have a smile on his face after the game and even today, and that was Greg Oden.”

Bad knees have plagued Oden since he became a pro after a successful college career at Ohio State, where he averaged 15.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in the lone season he was there.

Oden will be evaluated today and if he passes a series of tests Spoelstra will call his number again.

“One is to have no swelling and no soreness. The soreness, that I can’t handle,” Oden said of what needs to be in order for him to play. “We have been fortunate enough to not have that for a while. So that, no soreness and the OK. There is no soreness now.”

“We will stick with the plan,” Spoelstra added. “And the plan will be strength training, core work, hip-strengthening work and if he can’t do those then we won’t play him.”

Starting point guard Mario Chalmers has missed the last four games because of an Achilles injury, but he went through a workout Thursday and will be evaluated today as well.

And finally, Wade rested the last game versus the Sixers even though it was just the second game of the Heat's season. Miami lost 114-110.

Wade is averaging 19 points and will play this evening.