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Heat's O'Neal, Williams nurse injuries, don't travel to play Wizards

WASHINGTON -- Injured starters Shaquille O'Neal and Jason Williams did not travel with the Miami Heat to their game against
the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

After playing in each of Miami's first 29 games, O'Neal missed a
second consecutive contest. He is sidelined by sore hips and a sore
thigh. Williams, who like O'Neal sat out Friday's overtime loss to
the Orlando Magic, has left knee tendinitis.

Also not making the trip with the Heat: guards Chris Quinn (left
ankle) and Smush Parker, who hasn't played in a month after a
confrontation with a female valet parking attendant.

Asked for an update on the missing players, coach Pat Riley
said: "They're all alive and breathing."

Riley also said he expected star guard Dwyane Wade to show the
effects of playing 51½ minutes Friday.

"Today he's like Secretariat. He's, like, sore. And that you're
going to have to deal with. So we've been rubbing him all day,
brushing him down," Riley said with a laugh.

"He's going to be sore tonight. We've just got to get him
loose, and we've got to be conscious of it. I think he's going to
go through that for probably most of the year, until his body just
totally comes back. His shoulder and his knee -- and the fact that
he didn't play for nine months."