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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. lakerluver - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    This is the biggest load of “crap” since paulhargis53 had that unfortunate incident with gas station sushi……A couple of you clowns are giving Spo credit but I bet it was Riley’s idea. That dude seems to have gotten slimy since he left the LAKERS.

    • miamatt - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Spoelstra is far better than anybody who has coached the Lakers since Phil Jackson left.

      And the Heat’s front office is head and shoulders over the remnants of the Buss family. Nothing but respect for Dr. Buss- he was a great man- but his son is a joke; the mismanagement from September on over there couldn’t be more palpable or obvious.

      At least your beloved Yankees will be playing soon.

  2. livingsacrifice86 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    @lakerluver – I don’t understand what gives the Spurs such a huge advantage against the Heat? Just a question to understand your logic

  3. lakerfan4life - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I didn’t see this the way most of you did. I saw it as more of a show of support for Pop and the Spurs. With Ginobli, one of the Spurs top players out anyway, no way anyone can think this game was an NBA Finals preview. And why would Pop or Spo care what players are playing on the other team? To them, a win is a win, and a loss is a loss.

    I think this is just a veiled shot at the league office by the Heat, acknowledging the absurdity of that fine that was levied against the Spurs earlier this season..

  4. cosme27 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    @lakerluver, spur spanking who? I thought you said your lakers were making it all the way, what do you mean they’ll probably meet at finals?

    • gdl25 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      lakerluver is always totally confused… and spanked by the spurs? the heat still won on bosh’s 3. lol. at least he has accepted that his lakers are not going to make it.

  5. soflasfinest - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Ahh! Like a Boshhh!!!

  6. madddness - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I think sidelining James and Wade was just playing games and a shut up to Spur’s actions for sitting their players a few months back, as Wade had played in the last couple of games against Chicago and New Orleans. There was no report of injury on James last Friday and he was expected to play. Their presence at the game does not justify their injury reasons and more investigation should be done. I believe Miami should be fined as Spurs was fined. On the bigger scale we lost a final preview game along with disappointment of those anticipated people attending the game with expectation and on the micro level for those people who lost stats in their fantasy playoff game as we all know how big stat producers like Wade and James can make a difference on last day of week games before championship playoffs.
    Sincerely, Miami’s fan

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