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Ain’t no rest for the wicked: Spoelstra says no rest for Heat stars

Apr 7, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

Erik Spoelstra AP

Cue up Cage the Elephant…

The Miami Heat looked tired Friday night, losing at home to a more physical and physically ready Memphis Heat team. Dwyane Wade even said after the game he had a feeling in shootaround his legs were tired and he wondered if the Heat were ready compete.

So, with Miami tired and pretty much locked into the No. 2 seed in the East, we can expect to see the key Heat players get some rest the next couple of weeks before the playoffs start, right?

Wrong. That’t not Erik Spoelstra’s plan. From our man Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

“This is absurd. Everybody is going through this right now. Does everyone feel 100 percent? No. Is there some physical fatigue? Yes. Is there some mental fatigue? Probably. Every team is going through that. We’re not going to shut it down with three weeks to go. That type of storyline is getting ridiculous.”

Sure Erik, that Gregg Popovich guy has been doing it wrong for years. And what’s he ever accomplished?

I get why Spoelstra is frustrated with his crew — you see the Bulls without their star player come out and kill it every night. They don’t always win but how often do you question their effort, their willingness to play through it?

But at some point that has to come from the players and the leaders in the locker room, not the coach. What Spoelstra has to do is have his team ready to go come the playoffs, and for that a few days of rest for key guys matters. Another win or two now doesn’t. The Heat will not be judged on regular season wins this year.

But go ahead, grind them down in a Pat Riley style. See how that works out for you.

  1. bearsstillsuck - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Resting players never works out well for nfl teams.

  2. david0303 - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    the miami heat lost the the memphis heat? kurt really cant get the heat of his mind

  3. rob0527 - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    He should rest some players, playing every night is a grind. A little rest here and there will pay off come playoff time.

  4. jh4prez - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    How can you ? Pat rileys style of coaching?i cant wait til coach cal takes this team over.

  5. emaimo80 - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Love the heat but they can’t win with battier! Take him out!!! 0/4, 0 rebounds, 0 assists does not cut it against the grizzlies!!!!

  6. ramygras - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Yeah, and what has Pat Riley ever won?

  7. metalhead65 - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    nice to see kurt has got a excuse already for when the heat again do not win it all this year. the greatest player of all time according to kurt and his 2 sidekicks will be to tired to win it.as with every excuse when they lose it will be a lame one.

  8. hwatt - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I’ve been thinking for a while that all the emphasis on running could take its toll on a team not conditioned for it. I hear D’Antoni ran really short practices to keep the legs fresh…

    If the Heat don’t win the championship, I’m blaming the coach for running guys nonstop in practice and in games and not knowing how to rest them for when it matters

  9. jagsfan11 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I like cage the elephant…….. And i hate the heat……

  10. slippyal2 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The guy is naive to think his stars don’t need rest. His days are numbered as a coach if his teams doesn’t come through.

  11. fanz928 - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    They need to move one of the stars to the bench for more bench scoring

    • eugenesaxe - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      They need to move one of the stars to get better players who can contribute.

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