Jan. 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) and power forward Chris Bosh (right) react after small forward Shane Battier (center) was fouled by Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (not pictured) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. The Hawks won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Day Off Dilemma

April 19, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) looks on during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Heat held home court as usual and get a day to rest after a physical win over the Bulls, in a possible playoff series preview. With 4 games remaining on the regular season schedule, the victory pulls Miami within a game and half of Chicago and the top spot in the East.

The next 2 games are in South Beach against Washington and Houston. The Wizards have the 2nd-worse record in basketball, and the Rockets have played themselves out of the playoff picture. Houston will be fighting for their lives, but these 2 games could be a chance to rest LeBron James. Coach Spoelstra has given Dwyane Wade games off against weaker teams, and Chris Bosh sat out the last 2 games for a total of 4 days rest, assuming he plays tomorrow.

James has logged the 5th-most minutes in the league, and you should be able to beat those teams with Wade and Bosh suited up. To play devil’s advocate, do you risk taking those games for granted? We’ve seen some of the weaker teams sneak up and beat playoff teams as of late, and the Heat are within striking distance to snatch the #1 seed.

With Washington and Houston slated to come to town this weekend, the next game is Tuesday in Boston and they close the season Thursday at Toronto. Counting today, that’s 4 days off for either Wade or James until a rematch against the Celtics, make it 5 if you keep Bosh on the sidelines.

Or, do you suit them all up and base their minutes on the game flow. Limited minutes could be the way to go if they’re playing well and winning convincingly.

I would play Wade and Bosh, give James the weekend off, and bring everybody back to gear up for Boston (even Ronny Turiaf). They should be able to take care of business without James these next couple of game, then go full force at Boston. Remember, Chicago is still playing without Derrick Rose and they only lead a game and a half. So, depending on how things go, the game at Toronto could be for the top spot, or mean nothing at all.

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