KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Common sense, Dwyane Wade said. Nothing more.
Despite sitting out for the second time in the Miami Heat's first three exhibitions, Wade said Friday that he has no plans for regular absences during back-to-back games this season.
"I haven't thought that far ahead," he said before the Heat's 86-75 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at a sold out Sprint Center.
There was little need for Wade on Friday night, with LeBron James providing plenty of theatrics as part of his 16-point first half, doing most of his damage in front of several Kansas City Chiefs sitting courtside.
James closed with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes, playing with unusual preseason passion, including a technical foul after he was called for a third-quarter charge.
"We can be really good," James said of the impending bid for the third consecutive NBA title. "Obviously we've got a lot of talent. We can be as good as we want to be."
The crowd not only was given a healthy dose of an inspired James, but also plenty of their former local favorites.
Michael Beasley, who had a single season of brilliance at Kansas State, hit his first four shots on the way to 13 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. Mario Chalmers, who led Kansas to an NCAA championship, added 10 points and four assists in 22 minutes, aggressive on several moves to the rim.
With Udonis Haslem making his preseason debut after an offseason knee procedure, going for 11 rebounds in 16 minutes as a starter, there was plenty of quality from the Heat, even with Shane Battier, Chris Andersen, Roger Mason Jr. and several others given the night off by coach Erik Spoelstra.
Spoelstra again kept his regulars in the 20-minute range.
"If they're not able to play through that," he said, "our practices will have to change."
Then there's Wade, who admittedly took it easy in the offseason after dealing with painful bruised knees during last season's championship run. His victory on this two-game trip came when he emerged from Thursday's 21-minute preseason debut without discomfort.
"I'm not going to push it this year," he said. "I came out of (Thursday) fine. I got some good minutes."
Wade joked the most important aspect of Thursday's preseason debut was he emerged "unbruised."
With Beasley performing the way he has the past two games, it could allow Spoelstra to ease the burden on both James and Wade, with another scorer available off the bench.
"All we know is you need depth in this league," Spoelstra said, when asked if Beasley would receive consistent playing time during the regular season. "The challenging part is you have guys that are willing to sacrifice for that depth. Injuries happen during the course of a long season. If you are seriously talking about contending for a title, you need depth, at all positions.
"We feel that we have that and guys understand what we're playing for. While they're competing for opportunities, they know there's going to have to be sacrifice. But in terms of a specific scoring role off the bench, we expect Mike to bring more, just like everybody else."
Thoughts for Peterson
Before the game, James said he could not imagine what Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is going through, with Friday's loss of his two-year-old son in an alleged domestic abuse incident.
"Having two boys of my own," James said, "it hit home. I respect him as a father and as a role model.
"I don't know the guy that did it, but there's nothing a two-year-old kid could say or do or harm any grown up that could make them do that. So there's a lot of hurt, a lot of anger and it's messed up."
Jones from outside
James Jones started in place of Wade on Friday, just as he did in Monday's preseason opener. It again gave the Heat a 3-point presence who had to be accounted for, with Jones now 7 of 14 on 3-pointers in the preseason.
"He's another guy who had a terrific summer," Spoelstra said. "He's really been disciplined with his nutrition and his training this summer, so he kept himself ready. He's a pro's pro. Whenever his number's called, he produces.
"It's not easy, particularly for shooters, who not only rely on their skill. You also have to rely on rhythm and confidence. J.J. is always able to come in with that confidence, and I think that's a remarkable talent that he has."
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