Udonis Haslem excused from Friday’s game vs. Cavaliers for personal reasons

Denver Nuggets guard Mike Miller (3) and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Denver. The Heat won 106-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Nuggets guard Mike Miller (3) and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Denver. The Heat won 106-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

CLEVELAND — The Heat will have eight players available for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers.

Udonis Haslem has been excused from the contest due to personal reasons. A Heat spokesman said Haslem’s status for Saturday’s game against the Bulls is unknown.

With Luke Babbitt (hip flexor), James Johnson (rotator cuff strain), Justise Winslow (sprained wrist) and Dion Waiters (torn groin muscle) still recovering from their injuries in Miami, and Josh Richardson unavailable as he takes one more day to get over a sprained right ankle, the Heat will play the Cavaliers with the NBA minimum of eight available players.

Entering Friday’s game in Cleveland, Haslem had played in one of the Heat’s past six games. The 36-year-old has appeared in seven games this season.

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