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Heat sit Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen in advance of Saturday’s showdown with Blazers

Dec 27, 2013, 11:09 PM EST

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.

  1. brugis23 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    What if I just want to make fun of the stupid lakers and their fans after losing against the Jazz tonight? Where do I do that? Lmfao!

    • 5xchamp24 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Im a Lakers fan and it does not disappoint me that they lost to the Jazz. When will you give it up?

  2. blazermaniac22 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Are they going to be fined? Stern got Pop for a lot of money last year when he did this.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Miami didn’t do what the Spurs did last year when they smuggled a healthy Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Green on a commercial flight back to San Antonio without notifying anyone in a timely manner.

      “In the case of San Antonio, they didn’t just come into town and rest healthy players, they sent a 26-year-old and a 30-year-old, plus Manu and Tim home virtually under cover of darkness … and without notifying as our rules require for injury and illness.” – Stern

      Wade and Allen are dealing with sore knees and Birdman hurt his back against LA. And Miami’s biggest star (the league’s biggest star) actually played.

      So, no fine.

  3. jeffspitaleri - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    They breezed alright. This should give them a nice excuse.

  4. kanemoney - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    This is so profoundly ironic I love it. #classic

  5. bubbalynch - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Uhh oops! That didn’t go as planned. Kings won!

  6. knoxxlive - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    bubbalynch

    Well excuse the kings for having Rudy gay , and Demarcus Cousins, two people who are arguably the top at their respective positions, and the kings for trying build a good team , smartass

  7. gofinsgoheatfloria - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Rio losing his cool and the game (yes, they lost it a few other ways as well but none that were so “flagrantly” stupid) must have had some fallout later that we won’t hear about. At least I hope it did. The irony is that, based on history, if anyone would be expected to blow up in a tough game, it would be Cousins – yet he kept it together. Kudos to him and the Sac coaches.

  8. Miami305 - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    The Heat just blew it. They got cozy with a 17 pt lead and thought they could coast the rest of the game, but they were wrong. Teams are making it their goal to prove they can beat Miami, so they are bringing their “A” game every time. Miami has to realize that they have to bring it every night to win. Rio blew it as well. I love how he plays, but he just does some knucleheaded things some times. He deserves the blame for losing the game.

  9. 5xchamp24 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    If you notice, Miami always sits Wade against lesser teams because they think they can beat them with what they got. Its an insult to those teams and that why they lost.

  10. 5xchamp24 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    If you notice, Miami always sits Wade against lesser teams because they think they can beat them with what they got. Its an insult to those teams and that why they lost. Way to go Cousins!

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