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Heat to rest LeBron, Bosh vs. Wizards Monday. Rest tops push for top seed.

Apr 14, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

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If Miami wins out and Indiana stumbles on the road at Orlando on Wednesday night, the Heat can get the top seed in the East. It’s not exactly a likely scenario, but it could play out that way.

Heat coach Eric Spoestra decided rest matters more.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh are both resting for the Heat on Monday night against the Wizards, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

This almost looks like the Heat conceding the No. 1 slot, although they could still beat the Wizards. It’s really about what Wizards team shows up.

This is a break for a Wizards team that also needs a win — they are the six seed going into Monday night, one game ahead of Charlotte (and the Bobcats have the tiebreaker). Washington wants to avoid falling to the seven seed and drawing a fully healthy and focused Miami in the first round. If the Wizards win out, they get the six seed (meaning likely Toronto or maybe Chicago in the first round).

  1. cantonb0und13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Can’t wait to watch the Knicks in the playoffs… Oh wait, they are cursed! Now I’m going to root for the Pacers. I’ll admit I’m a bandwagon fan.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      I respect any team other than the Heat, even though I live in Miami. I know that drives you crazy!

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        I can’t help but reply to my own comments.

      • blueintown - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        ^ this is getting weird.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      You, sir, will receive a thumbs-up for every comment you post. Bully!

    • beach305 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      That’s for giving me a big laugh today :)

  2. antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Makes sense. There is no threat to the Heat in the East.

    • chicitybulls - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Then they should have rested the entire season and gone in as the 8 seed. That way the could ensure everybody was fully healthy with playing maybe only half their games and coasted their way to the Finals. Right?

      • antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        I’m sure many of them wanted to do that… but too many fines involved there.

      • chicitybulls - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Fines? Are you kidding? Do you think they care about that. They make millions (and tens of millions) of dollars a year. The fines go towards charities (NBA Cares) and what we all learned during The Decision is that, at least lebron, wants to help the kids. That was the point of having the Decision and holding it at the Boys and Girls club, right? Missed charitable opportunity.

      • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Why lebron play so many minutes then

      • antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        why are you acting like we’re having a serious conversation here? no one is sitting out the entire season. chill out.

      • money2long - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:45 AM

        I don’t think anyone takes u seriously. Ur a joke and u get joked on.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Who could possibly threaten a team that’s lost exactly one half of their last twenty six games?

      What’s got to be scary for Spoelstra is how badly they lose tonight to a Wizards team that would be five games out of the final playoff spot in the West. Just because they sit Lebron for one night, they shouldn’t just fold up and lose by twenty one points to any team.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        Who could possibly threaten a team that’s lost exactly one half of their last twenty six games?

        I already went over that. The answer is “nobody.”

        The Heat have been dealing with something that no one else in the league really is… a kind of apathy towards the regular season. And despite that, they could just as easily be sitting on 60 wins right now, having lost 6 different games by 1 point (some questionably). So taking everything into consideration – the 20 different starting lineups, Wade out for about 30 games, no continuity, etc – I think they’ve been great.

        But, as you know, their season really starts next week.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        I don’t think people understand that, anti. Another great example is when the Heat pulled Wade from the Hawks game the other night when they were down by less than 10 with over 6 minutes left in the game; they didn’t want the win, they wanted the rest and to stick to the minute restriction for Wade. I believe the Heat will win again this year, but I also know that they can’t win after this year with the way this team is currently constituted. Wade can’t take off 30 games a year just to gear up for the playoffs. I know that the playoffs are really what counts, but that places too much stress on the other players (namely LeBron). Folks need to remember that the Heat went to, and almost won, the 2011 Finals with a more flawed team than this year’s team. I will say that I wish the Heat didn’t get rid of Mike Miller. That’s my one issue this season. Dude was money in the playoffs, and he would have filled in better for Wade over the course of the season.

  3. djshnooks - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    The game is in Washington?

    Way to screw those paying fans who want to see Lebron and Wade play in person.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      First, Wade is actually playing. If you read the article, you’d know that Wade is starting, while LeBron and Bosh are sitting.

      Second, the Heat have been resting their stars towards the end of the season the past 2 years, so this was entirely predictable to any semi-knowledgeable basketball fan.

      Any fan who bought tickets to the Heat’s second to last game of the regular season expecting to see the entire Big 3 playing together for significant minutes simply hasn’t been paying attention to how veteran teams are treating their stars these days.

      • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        That is a sad stance you’re supporting. Unless the team charges half price for those tickets going Into the season or leading up to the game. Fans should expect to see players without injury play. This is America and if the thought is to expect the main attractions to sit then the team should do its duty in lowering sales at that point or have some reimbursement.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        No money, people need to be smarter and look for less help from other places; they should know (any semi-knowledgeable fan would) that these true title-contending teams (especially the older ones) do rest some of their star players in the last 1-3 games of the season (depending on their seeding) and “talk” with their wallets and not go. Think about it: if most of the NBA arenas were empty for the last few games of the season, the league would implement some kind of policy that would prohibit this.

      • money2long - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        U didn’t address any of what I said.
        If it’s “expected” for players to be rested , teams should not charge regular prices for tickets this time of year. If The fans are paying regular prices they are more than right to expect the best product.

        Buying fake stuff in china town , the business doesn’t charge u full price. Going to the real store to get the item u pay full price due to the expectation of getting all u paid for. If a professional team “knows” people will be rested at this time of season DO NOT charge fans full price or reimburse or off some incentive for fans that came to that game.

        Period. That’s good business.

  4. casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Smart move to finally rest Bosh and especially LeBron. Indiana beating OKC after the Heat lost to the Hawks more or less sealed the #1 seed in favor of the Pacers.

    The good news is that it appears that the #2 seed in the East will face the Bobcats in round 1 and the winner of Raptors vs. Wizards in round 2. That seems like an “easier” route than the #1 seed, who will face the Hawks in round 1 and the winner of Nets vs. Bulls in round 2.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      That being said, it’s interesting that even with LeBron and Bosh out, Beasley isn’t getting a start.

      The Heat are instead going super-small by playing Wade at small forward and Shane Battier at power forward instead of using Beasley at either spot.

      I guess it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing Beasley much, if at all, in the playoffs. Spoelstra would rather have point guard Toney Douglas play out of position at shooting guard, and Wade play out of position at small forward, than start Wade at the 2 and play Beasley at the 3. That, along with the fact that Beasley has only been given token minutes the past month or so despite being healthy, all suggests that he’s basically at the bottom of their depth chart.

      • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Oh lebron and the other vets didn’t rub any magic off on Beasley ? Hm interesting.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        That is an interesting observation. However, he did end up playing 27 minutes and scoring 18 points on 7-12 shooting. Toss in a couple of rebounds and assists and I’d say it was a good night for him regardless of when he entered the game.

  5. cantonbound13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    The great cb13 is always imitated but never duplicated! I love that I’m so into the bandwagoners’ heads that some loser actually is trying to be me on here. Shows how mentally weak this fan base is.

  6. cantonbound13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Let Wade earn his check for a change.

    • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      The heat are actually in a luxurious position where they can find times to give wade time off and they are using him how they wish to use him. The duties in his job description has changed so he is just doing what is expected by his employer. In that sense, he is doing his part to earn his check. If wade were unprofessional and skipping games because he was lazy or whatever then he would be going against the expectations of his company. Which he isn’t. The heat are happy with wade and wade is happy with the heat. They have been working with each other to be able to best utilize him when they truly need his services in the post season.

      • miamatt - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        well said.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Did you take him out of your mouth before typing all that, or did you type around him?

  8. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Well there’s the answer about which Wiz team showed up. Had the Heat down by 33 in the 3rd before resting their starters and inevitably winning by 21. I get it- no LBJ or Bosh, but they held Wade to 6 point in his limited minutes so that’s something.

    Despite the insignificance of the game for Miami, the Wiz will gladly use this momentum heading into the playoffs against Toronto. Hopefully Wall & Co get the jitters out of the way early and play their game. Should be a good one.

  9. retxedfred - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    The Heat are happy to be 2nd seed just to avoid the Nets in the 2nd round!

  10. 00maltliquor - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Heat ain’t sheet without LBJ. Dayuuum.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Of course. Look at the Cavs since he left.

  11. unxpexted1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Normally i never take this stance, but since it kind of hit personally, I can sort of see why some fans get aggravated when the stars don’t play. I don’t have kids, so I could care less half the time. But my eight year old nephew and my brother, live 2 hours from DC. His favorite player is Lebron, and they bought tix to go see him. So the report doesn’t come out until that day, and my brother tells his son and apparently he started crying is lil tail off that he wasn’t gonna see his favorite player. Again, it’s not the athlete’s or teams responsiblity to care about these things. But when I saw it from that perspective it did kind of suck and I felt bad for my nephew.

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