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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade both out for Heat vs. Spurs

Mar 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

A possible NBA Finals preview between the Heat and the Spurs on Sunday in San Antonio will now be nothing more than a regular season contest featuring at least one team playing mostly with its reserves.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers will all be out for the Heat due to injury, the team announced about 90 minutes before tip-off.

Wade had missed two games earlier this week due to a sore knee, but he’s believed to have other minor ailments which were recently reaggravated. For James, it will be the first time all season he’s missed one of his team’s games.

Erik Spoelstra told reporters pregame that it was a hamstring that was keeping James out, one that kept him from returning in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win New Orleans.

This will be the final meeting between the Heat and the Spurs in the regular season, and as you may recall, the last time they faced each other in Miami, the Spurs were the ones who were without three of their top players.

Gregg Popovich held Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili out of that one simply to give them some extra rest, and his brashness in sending them home to San Antonio before the game even started caused the league to come down on the Spurs with a $250,000 fine for the team’s actions.

Given the fact that James, Wade, and Chalmers are all in the building in San Antonio, along with the fact that injuries are being used as the reason for the decision to hold them out, it’s highly unlikely that the Heat would be similarly fined.

But it is disappointing that we’ll have to wait until June if we’re to see the teams with the top two records in the league go head-to-head while both are at full strength.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    the network thats hosting this game is pissed!!!

  2. raidmagic - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    This is garbage, we all know why they are being held out and the team shoukd be fined.

  3. misterdreamer119 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Thats weak. I hope the bench steps up.

    • soflasfinest - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      They did. Haha

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Two things here:

    1. He’s pulling a Pop and shoving it to Pop by doing this.

    2. They’re resting up because they know they are in for a slugfest Tuesday.

    • savvybynature - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Yeah he’s really showing Pop by making a victory that they need to maintain distance with OKC much easier! I hope Spo is really a vindictive person and holds a grudge about this for a long time, gifting them victory after victory! That’ll show the Spurs!

    • Jay - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Dogfight on Tuesday? ! Who the hell could they be playing on Tuesday that was more of a fight than this spurs game? This has NOTHING to do with resting for a dogfight with another team. This is pat riley’s revenge for what Pop did when he rested his starters months ago. PERIOD.

      • eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        He’s referring to the Knicks.

      • savvybynature - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        So Riley is getting revenge on the other team by making it easier for the other team to win a game they need to win?
        OK Heat fan. If you say so.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Heat fan logic is so baffling to the minds of sensible human beings.

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        That leaves you out.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        They’re classless idiots.

    • miamatt - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Your 50% right, Mr. Wright. Spoelstra is absolutely pulling a “Pop on Pop”. I’m not sure about the Knicks game- frankly, I expect at least Bosh to get a rest since he isn’t getting one tonight. I’d call it a 50/50 proposition whether Miami comes out to send a message to the Knicks or rests starters in a game they really don’t need.

  5. worldbfree4me - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    So the Miami HEAT is pulling a Spurs move on the Spurs’ Why not rest their Stars, it’s unlikely that these two teams will ever meet in the Playoffs so film of how D-Wade or Bron matches up with their counterparts is unnecessary.

  6. Jay - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I heard they’ll get NO fine because they listed injuries. That’s BS. I hope the league isn’t
    Dumb enough to believe these are legit injuries. They were all healthy in New Orleans! !
    Pop should really put pressure on the league for a fine. GO SPURS!

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks they’ll be no fine, but I’m not 100% sure about that.

      The reason for the fine issued to the Spurs was technically the “lack of notice,” as well as the fact that the Spurs sent their guys home on a plane (meaning the Spurs knew well ahead of time that they weren’t going to play), and the fact that the Spurs players had played in previous games on their road trip.

      Plus, an unofficial factor was probably the fact that Coach Pop and David Stern have a history of not liking each other very much.

      The Heat only officially announced Wade and LeBron were out for the game at 5:15 EST/4:15 CST. Windhorst believes the fact that Wade and LeBron will be at the game (in street clothes) will be enough to avoid a fine, but I’m not sure if that’s enough of a distinction to avoid a fine.

  7. savvybynature - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    90 minutes of heads up to the media is much less than the Spurs gave in the first meeting. The Spurs actually announced they were resting players 4-5 hours before tip off, but the league office said the lack of notice was a big part in fining them.

    Interesting. Everyone knows Lebron is healthy enough to play, and probably Wade too. I almost wonder if Riley and Spo are doing this as a show of support for Pop and the Spurs. If they can do the same thing, and arguably worse aside from making up injuries which Pop didn’t do, and get away with it, then really all this does is show the hypocrisy of the league office.

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      It could be.

      Coach Pop reportedly was laughing about it, so it could be a bit of a gentle “payback” on the part of the Heat.

      Honestly – Veteran players/coaches really don’t take the NBA regular season that seriously. It’s an open secret.

  8. chazatlas - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    lame. they know they would lose. Jordan & Pippen wouldn’t have rested.

  9. cantonbound13 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM


  10. eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Pop’s reaction to this was hilarious:

    From Tom Haberstroh of ESPN:

    No video [available] but Popovich’s fake stunned reaction to James-Wade being out was amazing. Pop jokingly…: “What kind of s— is that!? Are you kidding me!? Who would think of something like that?!”

  11. cantonbound13 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Which classless Heat fan will sue this time?

  12. itsonlyaspeedbump - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Moments before the news crossed the wire…

    A sweaty, red-faced Spurs employee nervously walks to Popavich’s office with the news. As he enters he is greeted with the same icy glare coach Pop greets everything with.

    ‘Well, what do you want?’ Coach asks.

    ‘It’s j-ju-just happened coach’ the orderly stutters. ‘James and Wade are listed as injured and wont be in the game today.’

    Coach Pop looks up and the orderly visibly wilts under his glare. Then slowly, a smile spreads across his face.

    “Well played Spoelstra-boy, well played”…

    Meanwhile, at NBA headquaters…

    Commisioner Stern checks the incoming email on his iPhone 2. As he reads the Heat injury report his face darkens.

    “Those F******!”

  13. toddm1016 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Feel bad for the fans in SA who get to see LeBron once a year.

  14. lakerluver - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I’ve been waiting two weeks to watch Miami get spanked tonight! Now they go and pull this crap!! They’ll probably meet in the Finals, and if they do, I’m going to take great joy in watching the Spurs beat them like a drum.

    • soflasfinest - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Keep waiting and wishing d bag!! Go heat!

  15. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:46 PM


  16. money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    has anyone considered this to be a strategic move? if these two teams DO meet in the finals, there will be no game film for either team to go on. it can be trying to catch either team blind. no duncan the first time around, so what to study in the film ? no wade or lebron this time around..what do the spurs study? competitive advantage for both

    • miamatt - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Right on the money.

      No pun intended,

    • sportsnut101 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      There will be game film. Because they play 82 games. Not one lol

      What a dumb comment.

      So let me get this straight. Against the spurs lebron plays one way n against rest of league it’s same if u believe that somethings wrong with u.

  17. matjaz.jan - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    It feels nice, that someone still has the guts to step against Stern.

  18. starship7 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Dogfight with the Knicks????? Please. They aren’t concerned with the Knicks one bit.

  19. losanginsight - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Kobe always gets up for games against good opponents no matter what. Some things can’t be seen in stats.

  20. 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    LOL, payback!!

  21. miamatt - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Spoelstra is becoming a better coach by the day.

    • kavika6 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      No. He just knows he has Stern in his pocket.

  22. anthonymtx - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Of course the Heat won’t be fined. Stern always has a heart for the big markets but not the small……any real basketball fan knows that. No disrespect to the Heat but every true basketball fan knows that the Spurs fine was just for that simple fact. If Stern had a chance, he would fine the Spurs out of existence. Im a Spurs fan and even I had to admit that. I just love the Spurs sticking it to Stern too! Lol, can’t wait for him to retire!

    • hannsta - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Doesn’t sound like your admitting much, sounds like the rant of an unappreciated spurs fan 😛

  23. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Coach Popovich, David Stern, basketball fans of San Antonio… you have been trolled. THANK YOU COACH SPO HAHAHA!

  24. aldavis4president - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Duncan ginobili and parker are all 10yr vets…theres no unseen footage on them lol..they play the ultimate style of team ball, they make the extra pass everytime and get more free-bes then any other team in the league..if they face each other in the finals it’ll be a prime example of old vs new school ball…the heat wanna run everyteam off the court bcuz of the inability of wade and LeBron to shoot consistently in the half court and the spurs want to slow it down bcux of the inablity Duncan and ginobili have of running lol..not a fan of either team but I would like to see Duncan ginobili and parker add 1more shipp to the collection

  25. coltzfan166 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I’m a disappointed Heat fan right now. I get the chance to see LeBron once a year, have been looking forward to this game forever. I’m sitting at the game and read this story shortly after I arrived.

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