The Miami Heat will likely have one more weapon at their disposal on Wednesday night, as Ray Allen is listed as probable to play, according to the team.
Allen has missed four straight games with a stomach virus and did not travel with the team on its recent road trip. During that span, the Heat have gone 3-1 while having to rely more on James Jones and Norris Cole. Despite Miami's success without Allen, his return should be noticeable as he leads the team in bench scoring, per Basketball-Reference.com. Allen also gives the Heat a reliable perimeter shooter that changes the inside game for the team.
While Allen should be on the court, it appears that Dwyane Wade will not be. It will be the fifth straight game missed for Wade if he's unable to suit up. As of now, the team has stated that Wade is doubtful for the game and only participated lightly in the morning shoot-around. The Heat mentioned that Greg Oden is doubtful as well with continuing back spasms. The center has missed five straight games after playing limited minutes against the Indiana Pacers.
If Oden and Wade are unable to start, the Heat will likely turn to Toney Douglas and Udonis Haslem to begin the game. Haslem has done a fine job since being given extra playing time, and could potentially find himself in the rotation come playoff time. The veteran has only played in 39 games this year but has started five of the last seven games for the Heat. As for Douglas, he has started six of the last seven for Miami but has failed to make much of an impact.
Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks is set for 7:30 p.m. and is the second game in a five-game homestand.