So, who’s next?
Now that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have missed the past two games, and Mario Chalmers the past three, to heal what the Heat have characterized as minor injuries, it’s reasonable to wonder when Erik Spoelstra will find some time off for other key members of his roster prior to the post-season.
Such as 34-year-old Shane Battier.
“I’m fine,” Battier said, smiling.
Or Chris Bosh, who has played the second most minutes on the team.
“Everybody could use a day or two,” Bosh said, also smiling. “I’m sure you could.”
Or the oldest man in the rotation, Ray Allen.
Except for one thing: Allen, 37, doesn’t sound all that eager to sit.
“For me, inactivity hurts me more than overactivity,” Allen said. “So I like the pounding of my joints because at least I see where I’m at.”
Allen has played 1,851 minutes, by far his fewest in any season not shortened by a work stoppage. His average of 25.7 minutes per game is well below what he averaged in Boston last season (34.0), and even what he averaged as a rookie (30.9) way back in 1996-97.
While he said last week that he has had “no issues or problems whatsoever body-wise,” and that he feels so great physically “that it’s almost like I want to push myself more,” he did acknowledge prior to Tuesday’s game that his surgically-repaired right ankle remains an issue at times.
“Even two weeks ago, I had swelling,” Allen said. “And that’s the one thing that I had to remember, for myself, as much as I like to put (rehabilitation) off, is that I did have surgery. And you deal with immobility in that joint. So trying to find ways to recover and relax and then at the same time, push your body a little bit more. That’s the thing I’ve tried to do more of is take it easy but then I had to find those moments where I got to ramp it up where I’m getting more conditioning in.”
So, who’s next?