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Garnett, Pierce out for Celtics against Heat Friday. Are too many players getting rested?

Apr 11, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett AP

Should NBA stars be rested at the end of the season?

It’s been a topic this year, in part because the Heat have been doing it and some fans will look for any excuse to rip the Heat. In part it’s because David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 earlier in the season for doing it (on national television and without warning). And in part because the NBA is a star-driven league, if the stars aren’t playing will some fans not buy tickets?

Well, it’s not just the Heat doing it — both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be out Friday when the Celtics play the Heat, Boston announced.

Sore left ankles? I’m sure they are sore, but this is really code for “we don’t want a fine from Stern so we’ve announced it early and given you a medical reason.” If this game mattered they would both be out there.

I’m sure at least a couple of the Heat’s big three will have the night off as well.

I don’t have a problem with this — coaches are doing what is best for their teams in the playoffs, getting healthy and rested. If you want to make the marketing argument — the NBA sells it’s stars, that’s what people pay to see — I’d say that the NBA’s biggest and best marketing and that’s where I want the players healthy and rested. That’s best for NBA marketing.

And I see no way to police this, like it or not. Coaches will just go with the injury call, like the Celtics have.

  1. pantsfreezone - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The Heat B Team is fun as hell to watch. Not as fun as watching the Flying Death Machine that is LeBron Wade and Bosh, but still, watching Mike Miller get alley oops and put back dunks like he isn’t half man half bruise is awesome. Birdman is a beast. Norris Cole World is…did I mention watching Ray Allen play point guard is fun too?

    The Heat B squad AKA The Fighting Clowns could probably make it through the second round in the East.

  2. bucrightoff - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Just shorten the season to say 60 games. Makes it more interesting and lets be real outside the 8th seed in the West the playoff teams were set after 50 games.

  3. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Fans will watch regardless..we understand why teams like the Spurs, Heat, or Celtics rest their best players..

    Stern is really the one most bothered by this because he is losing money..if he shortened the season a few games like most basketball fans want, it would make games more meaningful and also reduce the wear and tear of players, that way coaches don’t have to sit them for the playoffs..

  4. footballgod87 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Ha, they don’t want their starters getting beat by Miamis B Team.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Unless a player like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh just happens to become available before next weekend; the Fighting Clowns may have a hard time getting out of the East, let alone win the championship.

  6. explosionsauce - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Mainly because the Heat have been doing it……how about since stern fined the spurs for doing it against the Heat. Now his precious heat are doing it and he doesn’t care.

  7. eboneseagles - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Good, rest up for your first round exit you old bums.

  8. klownboy - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I would love to see the Heat v. Celtics in the first round, but the Bucks stink so bad so we may not get it.
    http://wp.me/1gCK6

  9. bsplaincs - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I really don’t understand what the big deal is???? they do it in NFL all the time….( player do not work out all week) just plays on sunday. week 17 the starters are only in the first half. sit the rest…. if your team is good and not fighting for a better spot in the playoffs so be it. The Lakers if they make it in will be crushed. because they did not rest there players……..Good Luck.

  10. savvybynature - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I don’t have a problem with it, but as a fan who only has the time/money to see maybe a couple games a year, I definitely won’t be buying any tickets to see the best teams toward the end of the season.

  11. txnative61 - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    So now the Spurs look stupid for not lying like everybody else?

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