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Heat to rest LeBron, Wade, Chalmers vs. Knicks Tuesday

Apr 2, 2013, 11:58 AM EST

Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks on next to teammate Dwyane Wade while their team plays the Orlando Magic during their NBA basketball game in Orlando Reuters

This takes away some of the luster from one of Tuesday’s marquee games. It also thwarts any “we beat those red hot Heat” momentum the Knicks might try to build out of Tuesday night’s matchup.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will all sit out for the Heat on Tuesday night when the Knicks and Heat meet, according to multiple reports out of Heat shootaround.

Not that this makes the Heat a complete pushover — those three sat out Sunday against the Spurs and the Heat still won the game on a last-second three from Chris Bosh. But certainly the Heat are less formidable.

The league will not fine the Heat for these moves because Miami learned from what the San Antonio did earlier in the season against Miami — the Spurs rested their big three without warning on a nationally televised game and just called it rest. David Stern levied a $250,000 fine on the team. The Heat are on national television too but have alerted the league about the players’ “injuries” — LeBron a right hamstring strain, Wade and Chalmers with right ankle sprains.

This is what you will see from now on — when a team wants to rest a guy they will just list him as injured. At this point in the season every player has knicks and bruises that he could need “rest” for. Well played, David Stern.

Tuesday night’s game means a lot more to the Knicks, who have won eight in a row and are battling the Pacers for the second seed in the East. The Heat have the top seed locked up and while home court over the Spurs/Thunder in the finals is nice with the 2-3-2 format it’s not that pressing. The Heat didn’t have it last season and it didn’t matter.

What the Heat have done is taken away is any bragging rights the Knicks can try to take forward out of this game.

  1. nycalldayz - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Not surprising Wade and James will sit this game out. The Heat are playing mind games with the Knicks. Usually I don’t agree with Kurt, the Heat are taken away bragging rights. Knicks might have a better chance of winning tonight. So far during the Knicks win streak they’ve had everything work in their favor. Playing bad teams along with no Garnett, James or Wade. That’s why I never read too much into late regular season games.

  2. aboogy123456 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    This is really stupid and not what basketball is all about. Lebron and Wade take games off and rest every year, and it’s horrible for the fans who bought tickets to see them for what should be a good and expensive game. Does Kobe take any game off to “rest”? No, he loves basketball and whether it’s the playoffs or a regular season, you can count on him to bring it every night. I like my superstars to show more respect to the fans and the game of basketball, and these guys are being bad role models with this bs.

    • bils293 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      lebron has played more basketball in the past 2 years than pretty much every other player on the planet. id rather see him rest up a bit for a long postseason run than start seeing the wear and tear midway through. kobe hasn’t needed to rest much during the past few years since he’s been getting plenty of rest during the playoffs.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        People place way too much emphasis on the playoffs as if that’s all that matters. Play hard, play for the love of the game. Not everybody can afford to go to playoff games and the championship. There will be some kid in the stands who’s never been to a game before, and he was so excited to see lebron, but lebron needs to take the day off, give me a break.

      • anythingbutyanks - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        aboogy123456- Sure, “people” place too much emphasis on the playoffs, but for LeBron and other stars this is the standard by which they are measured. Winning the East for several years while with the Cavs did LeBron’s reputation a lot of good, didn’t it? “How many rings does he have?” After he got one ring and people start debating the GOAT, “How many rings does he have?”
        LeBron’s version of playing “for the love of the game” is to play with his friends. How did that decision turn out for him? He was (and sometimes still is) ravaged by people who consider his successes null because he played with other stars.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        There are just too many dumb people in the basketball media world, lebron needs to ignore them and just go out and play hard and let people debate his legacy after he retires. I always viewed lebron as an all time great when he was with Cleveland, and I think it’s dumb that most viewers can’t understand basketball so they have to make the rings argument to make things easier for themselves.

    • jcossio9404 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      When was the last time Kobe locked up the #1 seed to be able to rest? 09-10. Go look at the box scores at the end of the season and see how many time Kobe popped up. He sat out a couple of games at the end.

      Don’t hate. Go Heat

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Except Kobe had a chance to take the scoring title from Durant last year and he sat a game out instead. Tell me again how much he’s proud and loves the game too much to rest?

  3. cj1403 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    While Kobe is happily resting at home Lebron’s @ the Finals still playing

    • aboogy123456 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      I’m not sure what your point is. If the lakers were the best team in the league I know Kobe would still try to play every game, taking jabs at kobe doesn’t help anything. There are plenty of guys who play with passion for the game, kobe is just an obvious example..

  4. whodatderr - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    It’s a shame these “today” players only think about themselves and not play for the fans and the love of the game

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Got news for you, some players do care about fans, some don’t. It was always such.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    We play the Knicks tonight?

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      What’s this we stuff? Are you starting in place of Dwhine Wade?

      • jt1138 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        You of all people shouldn’t be taking trash, cantonbound. How many times have you been embarrassed this year?

      • jt1138 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        talking*

  6. dolphindubs - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I hope that all of you people that are posting comments about the Heat doing this also get on here and post the exact same comments with the exact same emotions for other teams doing the exact same thing.

    • nycalldayz - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      The Heat are taking a page from the Pop and Doc. Rest your starters before the playoffs start. The Heat already have the top seed locked up. Though I would of love to see a complete Heat roster match up against the Knicks.

      • powerpc20 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        You already did. In the Garden a month ago. We won.

  7. cj1403 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Who said he’s not actually injured?

  8. gotampabay52 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    8 pm TNT hey slow down you all haters let the bench get some playing time no twam has won the championship with out good bench playing as for the comment about some kid in the stands who doestnt get to see a player play they are playing a sport to win fans watch so they are focussed on one thing no your role fans your a fan they get paid to win

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Not a SINGLE period or any other punctuation used. I envisioned you frothing at the mouth like a rabid fox while spewing that unintelligible nonsense.

      • miamatt - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Surely you at least agree that “no twam has won the championship with out good bench playing”???

        “No your role”!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        The Pinellas County School Board should be audited immediately.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      This is the absolute greatest comment ever written on this website. If aliens ever come to earth and want to read the ONE comment that best personifies the PBT commenter, this is the one.

  9. jobotjones - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I can’t speak for anyone other than myself but I will no longer be watching this game.
    I was planning to see a recently hot NYK team vs the best team in the league but now why bother?

  10. asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    If Chalmers is out the Heat are doomed. What will they do without one of the top 3 PGs in the game.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Not sure, but I do know that they won’t miss the WORST PG in the game (Chalmers).

      • anythingbutyanks - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        The joke.

        Your head.

  11. cantonbound13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Cowards

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      troll..

  12. spavs412 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Could you imagine hockey players resting??gosh makes NBA players softer than ever..

  13. rodge1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Can’t blame Knick fans for being upset. They don’t understand what it’s like to clinch anything and affording to rest players. These games against the Heat are their version of the Finals… Isn’t that cute? Bless their hearts

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      We did it in 1994. AGAINST THE HEAT. FOOL.

      • soflasfinest - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Haha aww 1994? Is that how far back you knick fans have to go to remember the “good ol days”? Cute.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Save your pithy, childish taunts for someone else.

        Adults here speak about facts. The OP mentioned that the Knicks know nothing about clinching and resting starters. They did it. AGAINST THE HEAT. In 1994. I know 1994 is lost amongst 98% of you Heat groupies, but those of us who are Knicks fans have been fans for 20-30+ years and actually remember when titles were earned, not handed to teams by Stern and the officials.

      • southbeachtalent - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        We did it… Today!

        I tend to live and appreciate the present.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        1994 was a long time ago.

  14. patfic15 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Juwan Howard is gonna go off tonight.

  15. HotHotHeat - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Well at least the Knicks now have a chance at winning tonights game…..

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      They were going to win it anyway unless the officials intervened as they did in the third of these four games.

  16. southbeachtalent - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    These dudes shoudn’t play again till Round 1.

    Let our B Team take care of the Knicks…and the refs of course.

  17. cj1403 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I Doc or Pop do it it’s strategy, if Spo does it, Lebron and Wade are cowards.

    • rtfinch - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      If pop does it he gets fined, if the heat do it its okay because they’re really hurt. david stern brought this on himself.

  18. miamatt - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    This was to be expected after Sunday night against the Spurs. Miami has the East on lockdown, and they’d have to finsih 4-5 while the Spurs finsih 8-0 to lose homecourt throughout. These are the spoils Miami can now reap from having a historically great two month stretch of basketball. Health is priority no. 1 for Miami heading into the postseason, as I have said all year. The fact that homecourt is all but assured makes it even easier to manage this part of the year any way they please.

    And why would the Heat want to give the Knicks the opportunity to attach any significance whatsoever to this game? It’s not like Miami needs to build their confidence with a strong performance against the Knicks.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    It doesn’t detract away from anything. The Knicks have already beaten the Heat WITHOUT Anthony and Stoudemire. No bragging rights necessary. They’ve already proven they can beat the Heat at less than full strength. Even if the Heat were playing these guys, the only two outcomes would have been more of the same (i.e. Knicks dominating them for all but one quarter this season) and “the game doesn’t matter/count”, or Heat fans acting like the Heat will just steamroll the Knicks should they indeed meet in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    • miamatt - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      I’ll give you that one thing in the Knicks favor is they are not lacking on confidence- they certainly do not fear Miami. Mike Woodson is a good coach, and any team with Carmelo Anthomy will always stand a puncher’s chance.

      But you might want to ask the Celtics and Bulls how regular season wins against Miami have counted the past two seasons. Not saying the regular season means absolutely nothing, but you have be very measured with what you take away from it.

      And the constant whining about refs would seem to be beneath somebody who purports to have been a fan as long you have. If you truly believe what you say you do about the NBA, then why are you here? I don’t watch Monday Night Raw and then go crying on prowrestlingtalk about Vince McMahon. I don’t watch it because it’s a show not a sport, and I don’t have time for that. Fact is there isn’t an NBA game that exists where you can’t point to questionable calls that favored the team that won. If you choose to focus on that, then you’ve already invalidated any potential future wins/championships that the Knicks could ever accomplish. Though somehow I get the feeling you’d talk about how great it is that the NBA cleaned up it’s officiating if that did ever happen.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    And why would the Heat be focusing on the supposedly “red hot” Heat when they’re streaking themselves? And still are nowhere near full strength in the process? Heat fans kill me talking about last year. The Knicks have a different roster. What logical person (rare amongst even LONGTIME Heat fans) would assert that the Knicks roster in 2011-2012 and the outcomes of those games has ANYTHING to do with the outcomes thus far in 2012-2013 and can then arrogantly predict the outcome of a seven-game series with teams with virtually equal defenses and multiple scoring options? Ludicrous fools.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      *And why would the Knicks be focusing on the supposedly “red hot” Heat

      • soflasfinest - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Because we won 29 out of our last 30 games. That’s actually a winning streak. Unlike your “super hot/we’re back” 8 game winning streak. Again, it’s cute. Mr. WRONG is back in the building everybody!!

      • soflasfinest - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Because we won 29 out of our last 30 games. That’s actually a winning streak. Unlike your “super hot/we’re back” 8 game winning streak. Again, it’s cute. Mr. WRONG is back in the building everybody!!

      • southbeachtalent - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Heat = Defending Champs

        Knicks = First round cupcake..

        Reality, try it..

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        sothbeactalen = loser

      • rickyspanish - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Can’t keep cantonbound and Mr Wright’s Knick love down! I gotta give you two some credit, no one defends the Knicks as much as you guys. Mr Wright may be a little more well spoken than cantonbound but this isn’t a competition. You guys are the dynamic duo of Heat Hate, Like Boris and Natasha, Gargamel and Azrael and BeBop and Rocksteady

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Of all the bandwagoners I like you the best Ricky. With that said, STFU Ricky!

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        IT’s just the NY a$$hole way. After all: New Yawk, got the ways and means, it just won’t let you be, because it sucks!

      • powerpc20 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Yes, you’re right, it would be a little tough for the Knicks to focus on a team that’s 11.5 games ahead of them in the standings.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      If you think the Heat and Knicks defenses are equal…..

  21. bgm9876 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    i thought james was the king!!!!! i guess not. please remove that tattoo then!!!!!!!!

  22. rodge1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    How long did it take you to ‘wikipedia’ that info?… Keep holding on to the past for its all you have.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      It’s not available on wikipedia fool. I lived it.

      And just like Heat fans hang onto the past (last year), you should take your own advice. I’m speaking about the present, and the Heat are not better than the Knicks. But you dimwits will have to find that out the hard way in May.

  23. rodge1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    I read the same bold predictions from you and the others last year too.

  24. explosionsauce - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Bunch of people hating each other on here. Whatever happened to the good ole days of making fun of Kurt Helin’s love for Lebron? Remember what’s important people.

  25. 13arod - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    i really don’t like coachs resting their stars but the heat are a little banged up they deserve it

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