The Miami Heat will begin a 5-game homestand on Monday night against the Toronto Raptors but it appears they will be without three key players once again.
Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Greg Oden are all listed as doubtful after missing the morning shoot-around according to the team itself. The trio has missed the last three games for Miami as they deal with various injuries. For Wade, it's a hamstring issue while Allen is still recovering from a stomach virus that kept him from making the recent road trip with the team. Oden has been dealing with back spasms and the team will likely take things slowly with the oft-injured center.
This is a critical homestand for the Heat after they tied the Indiana Pacers in the loss column on Sunday. The top seed which seemed to be slipping away after Miami's loss in Indiana last week is now very much in sight. With one game left at home against the Pacers, the Heat are in a position where they control their own destiny now. Having their full roster available will be of utmost importance in securing the top seed but the team also needs to think ahead to the playoffs.
One possible positive piece of news was passed along by the Heat as well when they announced that Mario Chalmers is a game-time decision on Monday. Chalmers has missed the past two games due to a bruised quad but participated in today's shoot-around and could return.
Monday's game is set to start at 7:30 p.m. and with Indiana facing the San Antonio Spurs; it could be the game that puts the Heat in an overall tie for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.