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LeBron, Wade, Allen, Chalmers all out for Heat Friday

Apr 4, 2013, 2:58 PM EST

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Can Chris Bosh and the end of the Heat bench beat the Charlotte Bobcats?

Tune in Friday and find out, because the Heat are going to face the Bobcats without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers, coach Erik Spoelstra said on Thursday. As part of the NBA world after David Stern fined the Spurs, the Heat are announcing this in advance and listing injuries for all those players. But make no mistake, this is rest.

Which is what the Heat should be doing — they have locked up home court for the East and home court in the finals, with it’s 2-3-2 format, is less important. What matters is they are physically healthy and even mentally ready and not tired from the grind. Because the playoffs are really their own grind, so like a marathon runner tapers off training the week before a race the top NBA teams rest their stars before the second season.

While most teams at the bottom of the standings have apparently given up — Cleveland has lost 10 in a row, the Magic have won once in their last 10 — the Bobcats are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They still have the worst record in the NBA and are dealing with injuries of their own keeping Ramon Sessions, Byron Mullens and others.

  1. asimonetti88 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Isn’t this game going to be nationally televised on ESPN? lol.

  2. LPad - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    less important, having games 6 and 7 at home during the Finals is a huge advantage. One that has often swung a series in the home team’s favor.

    • miamatt - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      True, although in general the best team wins in the Finals regardless of homecourt.

      In any case, the article makes it sound like rest and getting home court throughout are mutually exclusive, which they are not. As it stands now, the magic number is 5 for # Heat wins + # Spurs losses to lock it up. I’d be surprised if Miami doesn’t get it no matter who they rest.

  3. moagecu - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Heat should be fined

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Of coarse they should be but Stern won’t fine his favorite team.

      • kinggw - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        You should learn the rules and the reason why the Spurs were fined before commenting. Stern didnt arbitrarily fine the Spurs, they failed to do something they were supposed to do and thats why they were fined.

    • thenmoveback - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Why should they be fined? They are the number 1 seed as of now with 8 games left. This isn’t the first 15 games where resting a player is ridiculous ( and we all know pop did that just to stick it to stern). Good teams do this at the end of every season.

  4. 13arod - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    they can’t be finned they are listed as injured the spurs didn’t list them as injured

  5. bougin89 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Momentum is huge come playoff time. Isn’t this a little bit excessive? Isn’t this going to be Lebron’s 3rd or 4th game in a row he has been rested? I get that Wade has a knee injury but I wouldn’t totally shut down Lebron in order to get rest for the playoffs.

    This coming from a Packer fan who seen the 2011 15-1 Packers basically take off the last 3 weeks, have a bye, and then lose their first game in the playoffs. They were very well rested, but then it seemed like they slept walk through that Giants game. Ugly to watch.

    • miamatt - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      You do make a valid point, although Miami hasn’t really been at their best going into the playoffs either of the last two years and it hasn’t hurt them. In football, one bad game ends your season. Given the fact that the NBA playoffs go a full 2 months and each matchup is a 7 game series, I think momentum at the tail end of the regular season matters only if you are trying to pull an upset or don’t have past playoff successes to draw upon. For a team like the Heat who has been there and played their best basketball of the season recently enough, I think they are wise to grab all the rest they can. Even if Miami sleepwalks through game 1 against the Bucks and go down 0-1, they wll still be in good position to respond.

      • itsonlyaspeedbump - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Sorry Miamatt, I swear I was typing my reply at the same time as you, not ripping you off :D

    • itsonlyaspeedbump - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      That’s the difference between the one-game scenarios in the NFL and best-of-seven series in the NBA. The Giants rode a hot-streak to a Super Bowl victory. But I honestly doubt that they could have beat that Packers team 4 times in 7 tries.

      In the NBA, its hard to ride a hot streak to an NBA championship, the grind of a series and talent disparity combine to make sure that usually the best team wins. (See red-hot Spurs of last year.)

      I can totally see whoever the 8 seed is coming into Miami and taking game 1. That will be the loss that galvanizes them into taking the series seriously. They’d win the next 4 and suddenly be in ‘playoff-mode.’

      • miamatt - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        No worries, itsonlyaspeedbump, great minds think alike :P

  6. bdoctor1973 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I WANT MY DAMN MONEY BACK….JUST BOUGHT TICKETS FOR NOTHING…DAMN IT!!!!

  7. miamatt - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Not to worry friend, Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller will both be in the starting lineup. It is 2007, right? It’s not??? Oh boy….

  8. cantonbound13 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Pansies

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    They have every right and reason to rest starters. And they can come back in the final week and get back into rhythm and still sew up the best record in the NBA. Makes perfect sense to me.

  10. gasan2013pananaw - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    REST REST REST. THEY’RE REALLY IN FOR THE NEXT LARRY OBRIEN TROPHY.. A WELL RESTED HORSE RUNS BETTER.

  11. biggame28 - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    sucks for anyone who has them on their fantasy rosters. Championship week.

  12. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Whoawhoawhoa now. The Bobcats are 4-6 in their last 10… that’s a huge improvement. Don’t call that tanking.

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