Dec 27, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT
Miami is taking the longview with regard to this season.
After reaching the Finals each of the past three seasons and with a fourth trip well within reach, the Heat aren’t going to put their veterans at risk throughout the long grind of the 82-game regular season.
Dwyane Wade, who has been rested multiple times already to keep his knees fresh, and Ray Allen were both held out of Miami’s game in Sacramento on Friday — likely because the Heat can beat the lowly Kings without them if they so choose, but also because a more real test awaits them Saturday night in Portland against the red-hot Blazers.
“We met about it and decided that it was best for the three of them to continue to get rest,” coach Erik Spoelstra said shortly before Friday’s game, via the Associated Press. “We feel fortunate for the depth we have. We feel like that is one of the biggest strengths of our team.”
Portland is tied with Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference at 24-5, and you can bet that the Heat will want to see what the hype is about in person.
Wade and Allen will more than likely be available against the Blazers. Chris Andersen — who went down against the Lakers on Christmas Day with a sore back — well, his injury may require a little more time to rest.
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