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The biggest story heading into the Miami Heat preseason was the realization of finally seeing the Three Kings on the court, in action, in Heat uniforms, obliterating the competition. Then, three minutes into the trio’s debut as a team, Dwyane Wade strained his hamstring, and he was forced to sit out the entire preseason. But what a scintillating three minutes! Now that D-Wade is rested up and back to full strength, the South Beach Hydra is ready to get things going for the games that count. And their home opener is a doozy, when the boys host division rival Orlando Magic at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) this Friday night.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has had some choice words for Wade’s new teammates and Heat President Pat Riley, ever since Riles pulled off the coup of the century. Van Gundy called Chris Bosh LeBron’s “lap dog” and questioned Riley’s “moral judgments” when the two coached with the Knicks. But, no worries. It’s all just more fuel on the fire that Wade, James, and Bosh will rain down on the entire NBA — starting with Van Gundy and his silly mustache. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. Visit ticketmaster.com — before presstime, there were still a few third- and fourth-level seats left for $177.90, but good luck finding tickets by the time you read this.
Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2010

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