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Miami to sit LeBron, Bosh, Wade; Boston sits Allen, Rondo, Garnett

Apr 24, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

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I feel bad for the people who purchased tickets to see the Celtics vs. the Heat before this season hoping for a meaningful late-season showdown. Anytime the offense is running through Dexter Pittman there is no showdown.

Both teams are sitting numerous key players because the game has little meaning.

Miami will sit LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN’s Heat Index.  Miami has a slim chance to be the top seed in the East — they would have to win out, Chicago would have to lose out — but rather than play for that slim chance coach Eric Spoelstra is thinking rest before the playoffs start this weekend.

For Boston, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus were announced as out early in the day, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett at gametime. Boston will be the four seed in the East and will play Atlanta in the first round. There is a chance they could catch Atlanta for home court, but Doc Rivers has made it clear rest is what matters most — he sat his big four against Atlanta last Friday.

Is Paul Pierce enough for Boston here?

  1. j0esixpack - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I’d rather have the 8 seed and a fully healthy team than the 1 seed and an injured team.

    Most fans understand this.

    • addictedzone - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Neither Miami or Boston will be a 1 or an 8 and most fans understand this.

      • j0esixpack - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        It’s called hyperbole. Most literate people understand this.

        The friggen article right above made clear what the expected seeding was. Where’s that “roll eyes” emoticon when you need it?

  2. tampajoey - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Must be a contagious vaginal yeast infection

  3. BigBeachBall - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    All the ticket holders to this game probably feel like jerks…..

  4. thestudiokida - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    This season is pissing me off. Every prime time game features the B-crew of whatever playoff teams are competing. Ready for the playoffs Come On!

  5. redbullenergydrink - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Calm down, people. The playoffs are among us. Each and every surviving star will be giving it his all!

  6. marlin1894 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:06 AM



  7. rob0527 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    This is what u get with a condensed 66 game schedule.

    • gmsingh - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      66 points from the Heat in tribute? LOL.

  8. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    The tactic of sitting the “Big 2 1/2” sort of defines the essence of Lebron: If you can’t win, give up.

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