In the midst of a race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Miami Heat have taken a stand against sitting players, other than Dwyane Wade, for the remainder of the season.
The Heat remain a few percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the standings despite the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, a game in which Wade didn’t play.
“I don’t think we have the luxury this year,” Bosh said. “I think before in the past, things were kind of settled in and we knew what was going to happen. At this point last year, we were well ahead of everybody and we were able to just do what we do. Now, it’s more of a race.”
via Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The Heat and Pacers play for the final time this regular season on April 11. Indiana currently has a 2-1 lead in the season series.
This is the first time this season Miami has taken a stance against resting players. The Heat recently showed that they even care about the top seed in the first place. Now that we are approaching the finish line of the regular season, this isn’t a surprise.
Still, the most important thing is Wade’s health. If he isn’t healthy, the Heat will need everyone else in top shape to even have a chance at another title.