Injured Wade remains sidelined for Heat

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013
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And James made clear on Tuesday that he won't be appearing in every remaining regular-season game, indicating that when Miami locks up the No. 1 overall seed, he'll likely start taking some time to rest.

When he played with Cleveland, James sat out the final four games of the 2009-10 season, since they were irrelevant to the Cavs' playoff seeding.

"I don't plan on playing these last six, no. Not at all," said James, who has often said he hates missing any game for any reason. "I mean, I want to play, but I'm going to go against myself for the first time in my career. No, probably about the third time in my career. I sat out a few games when we had it all locked up in Cleveland as well, to just try to use those games to get healthy as well. But I don't plan on playing these last six."

Spoelstra said his approach with the lineup going forward is that everyone — including James — simply is on a day-to-day basis.

"With the minor injuries that we have with our team, everything has to be day-to-day," Spoelstra said. "He's ready to go today. A day of rest helped him. And we'll have to see how he feels after this game."