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Guard Dwyane Wade was back in the starting lineup on Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing the last two games for the Miami Heat.

Wade missed the game against the Pistons on Tuesday because of soreness in his knee and then missed the game on Thursday in Chicago because of an illness. The Heat lost both games.

Wade has missed five games this season, mostly to reduce the wear and tear on the 31-year-old shooting guard’s knees.

Veteran forward Chris Andersen was also at the shoot-around Saturday after missing the Bulls game for personal reasons.

Michael Beasley is out for the Heat with a strained hamstring.

The Timberwolves are missing star forward Kevin Love for the high-profile matchup.

Love is mourning the death of his grandmother.

Bulls’ Deng misses game

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng did not play against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night because of tightness in his left calf.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng has been dealing with the injury since the teams met in Detroit on Nov. 27, a 99-79 win. Chicago has lost six out of eight.

Chicago’s leading scorer, Deng is averaging 19.4 points per game and 26.2 over his last six.

The Bulls have won 14 consecutive regular-season home games against Detroit, and 19 of its last 20 overall.

The Bulls are 6-1 overall at the United Center so far this season.

76ers rookie star out

Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams sat out the 76ers’ game Saturday night against Denver, the second consecutive game he has missed because of a skin infection on of his right knee.

The rookie spent his third night in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carter-Williams is averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 assists and leads the NBA with 3.1 steals per game.

Carter-Williams was honored Tuesday as the NBA Eastern Conference rookie of the month.


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