Lebron, Wade & Chalmers Out Against Knicks

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MIAMI — Minor nicks, as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra put it, will keep Miami starters LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers from playing against the New York Knicks.

Spoelstra ruled all three out for Tuesday night’s game, with James battling hamstring tightness and Wade and Chalmers dealing with right ankle sprains.

“Everybody’s human,” Spoelstra said.

It’s the second straight game in which Miami will miss those three starters. The Heat won in San Antonio 88-86 on Sunday without them. Spoelstra said all three players are improving, and none of them were available for comment after Miami’s shootaround Tuesday morning.

The Heat kept the same starting lineup from the Spurs game, with Rashard Lewis starting for James, Mike Miller for Wade and Norris Cole for Chalmers.

“We’re not panicked about it,” Spoelstra said. “We’re being very proactive and aggressive with the treatment and rehab, just to make sure we can contain their injuries where they are. You get into 70-plus games, where we are right now, we feel very fortunate. These are minor nicks and knacks that happen over the course of a long season.

“These are minor things right now,” Spoelstra added. “Minor things can turn into much bigger things if they’re not addressed.”

Soooo Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers are all out tonight against the Knicks as reported by ESPN. Should be a good game though, everybody is playing at a high level, the defense at the Spurs game w/o James, Wade and Chalmers was fantastic. Offense was pretty efficient too, Lets go HEAT!

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