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LeBron says he was “dog tired” during loss to Bucks

Dec 31, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

LeBron James

When the Miami Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, it was their fourth game in five days. The Heat have had a packed schedule of late.

And that has worn on LeBron James.

After the Heat loss Saturday James said this to the Journal-Sentinel.

“I was dog tired,” James said. “I was pushing the pace and trying to get us up the floor whenever I would get a rebound and an outlet pass. The last four or five nights we’ve definitely felt tired.”

LeBron has been carrying a load for the Heat and they were without Dwyane Wade for one of those games, but that’s not why I bring this up.

As the season moves on, Erik Spoelstra is going to rest LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — the question is how, against what teams? And what will be the reaction of the league office.

David Stern slapped Gregg Popovich and the Spurs with a $250,000 fine earlier this season when he rested Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in a nationally televised game against the Heat.

So where is the line? Can Spoelstra rest only one star at a time or two? Does it matter the opponent and if the game is televised? Is there more leniency doing it in March as the playoffs approach as to November?

Where is the line? Gregg Popovich would like to know.

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