Monday , Apr , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq expected out for Heat Tuesday

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat saw the return of All-Star guard
Dwyane Wade Sunday night, but they are expected to be without center Shaquille
O’Neal for Tuesday’s contest at Charlotte.

According to the Miami Herald, O’Neal is expected to miss the game so he can
attend his grandfather’s funeral in New Jersey, but the team is hoping he can
return for Wednesday’s home game against Washington. The Heat hold a 2 1/2
game lead on the second-place Wizards in the Southeast Division.

The newspaper also reports the Heat could be without forwards James Posey and
Udonis Haslem, and guard Gary Payton for Tuesday’s game. Posey was arrested
Monday on a DUI charge, while Haslem suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s
overtime loss to the Bobcats. Payton is slowed by calf and groin injuries.

Wade returned to the court Sunday after missing the previous 23 games due to a
dislocated left shoulder.