Dwayne Wade was left out of the Miami Heat team once again on Wednesday night, with head coach Erik Spoelstra opting to omit his All-Star guard entirely for the second game in succession.
31-year-old Wade - who has become a cornerstone of the Heat franchise since being selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft - did not play any part in Wednesday's comfortable 120-92 thrashing of the Orlando Magic as he continues to suffer soreness in his left knee.
Wade, who has won three championships at AmericanAirlines Arena and is averaging 16.7 points through nine games so far this season, was also rested for Tuesday night's victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
He last featured for Spoelstra's side during their 97-81 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.
That game at Time Warner Cable arena was the second night of a back-to-back that also included Friday's six-point win over the Dallas Mavericks and appears to be the reason for his recent absence.
"We want to make sure that he's getting stronger as the season goes on," Spoelstra was quoted by ESPN on Wednesday.
"Over the weekend, it was sore, so we wanted to use these last couple of days to get him healthy, get him back training, building his legs back up."
The Heat, who moved to 9-3 following that emphatic win over their South East division rivals, return to action on Saturday evening with another game against Jacque Vaughan's Magic.