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Why Did The Heat Sit LeBron James & Chris Bosh Last Night And Give Up The No. 1 Seed In The NBA Playoffs?

Submitted by on April 15, 2014 – 10:03 amOne Comment

Apparently, the Miami Heat don’t think they’re going to need the No. 1 seed in the NBA‘s Eastern Conference Playoffs this spring. They think that they’re going to be able to get the best of the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals—assuming that’s who they end up playing in the ECF—without the benefit of having home-court advantage. Because last night, the Heat had a chance to move one step closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the East by beating the Washington Wizards. But they didn’t take that step because they chose to sit LeBron James and Chris Bosh and to play Dwyane Wade for just 18 minutes during the game, which they eventually lost. And their loss allowed the Pacers to take the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Now, to be fair to the Heat, James and Bosh did need some rest. Those two guys have been carrying the bulk of the load for the Heat this season, as Wade has missed more than a quarter of the year with various injuries. But it seems silly for the Heat to work so hard to clinch home-court advantage all season long, only to have them essentially concede the top seed to the Pacers at the end. It also seems silly to hand the Pacers the top seed when they’ve been playing so poorly over the course of the last month. It really feels like the Heat had a golden opportunity to step on the Pacers’ necks and send a message to them before the playoffs even start. But the Heat wasted that opportunity by giving James and Bosh the night off on a night when they obviously could have used them.

Because the Heat are now going to be the No. 2 seed in the East, their road to the 2014 NBA Finals just got a little bit more difficult. They won’t have any trouble making it out of the first round. But there’s a chance that they could still meet the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the playoffs. And after that, they’ll have to start the Eastern Conference Finals by traveling to Indiana—again, assuming the Pacers make it that far—which will be a difficult thing to do. So by sitting James and Bosh, they have made things more difficult on themselves than they had to be.

Will their strategy of sitting their stars come back to bite them in the end? That’s obviously yet be determined. But it’s going to be something that the Heat are asked about time and time again over the next couple months. And if it does eventually hurt them, last night’s loss could haunt them for a long time.

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