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Heat to play LeBron, Wade, Bosh Friday vs. Celtics

Apr 12, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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Welcome to NBA basketball the final week of the regular season.

The Miami Heat are going to throw their big three out on the court Friday night for the first time in a couple weeks — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will all play against the Celtics, coach Eric Spoelstra told the media, including Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

That would be the Celtics who will not be playing Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce.

And Miami will be resting Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem, too.

All of which means… nothing really. At this point teams know who they are. They’ve developed their habits on the court. They have their systems down. Unless you are the Lakers or Jazz, there is no reason guys shouldn’t get a little rest. Although nobody will call it rest because David Stern fined the Spurs for resting guys this season, so the Celtics two stars are out injured with left ankle issues. Ones that would be miraculously fine if this were the playoffs.

Winderman adds this note about the Heat the rest of the way.

If that. The Heat have the advantage of the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, so that’s like four more tune-up games.

  1. fanofevilempire - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    whooo hooo………………

    HOF’er Bosh plays!

    • nycalldayz - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM


  2. acdc363 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Still not worth watching

    • nycalldayz - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Agree. I don’t see what either team has to gain. Especially Miami, because they’re the top seed and they’re locked. R the Celtics in the heads of the Heat? Interesting the Heat core 3 sat out against the Knicks, but r playing tonight against a Boston team missing their core 2 players. Seems like Miami doesn’t respect as the Knicks. Just saying.

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

        Or the Heat’s well-rested core are choosing to play their final tune-up in front of the home fans while still giving themselves the option of resting for another week and skipping the Cleveland leg of the sun-mon back-to-back… It’s about timing not the opponent.

      • jaydm84 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Does anyone respect the Knicks?

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

        Miamatt, nail meet head. Well said and bravo

  3. allen227 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Typical chicken $hit move by the cowards, Miami heat.

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