LeBron James returns to practice
MIAMI -- Slowly, the Miami Heat are getting their stars back.
LeBron James returned to practice Saturday after he'd taken three days off with soreness in his right hamstring.
James pulled himself out in the third quarter of Tuesday's preseason game with CSKA Moscow, and skipped Wednesday's game at New Orleans and Friday's practice.
If he does not have any setbacks, James said he hopes to play Monday, when the Heat host the Charlotte Bobcats for a preseason game. But that decision will be left up to the team.
Dwyane Wade was not with the Heat Saturday. He remains in Chicago attending to an ongoing custody proceeding involving his two sons and ex-wife.
Wade, who has been out for a little less than two weeks with a hamstring injury, is not expected to be cleared to return to basketball activities until the middle of next week.
The Heat have not ruled out Wade for the final three preseason games, but it looks likely he won't return to the court until the season opener Oct. 26 in Boston.
However, most of the injured Heat players have returned. Guard Carlos Arroyo practiced for a second consecutive day after missing 10 days with a groin injury.
Jamaal Magloire is back working out after being sidelined with knee soreness. Eddie House, who has been out for the entire preseason recovering from a shoulder injury, practiced and is hoping to play Thursday in Atlanta.
Guard Mario Chalmers did not practice as he continues to rest a sore right ankle, which has been bothering him since July. Chalmers aggravated the injury Tuesday and may not play again in the preseason.
Brian Windhorst is an ESPN.com NBA writer.
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