MIAMI (AP) -- One day after earning the nod as coach of the Eastern Conference for the All-Star game, Miami's Erik Spoelstra wasn't ready to announce his starters.
"Wouldn't it be so much more fun with some suspense," Spoelstra said Monday before the Heat hosted the Charlotte Bobcats. "We have time."
The Heat's 100-85 victory at Toronto on Sunday guaranteed Miami the top spot in the conference as of Feb. 3, percentage points ahead of the New York Knicks. That means Spoelstra and his staff will be in charge of the East All-Stars in Houston for the midseason contest on Feb. 17.
With Boston guard Rajon Rondo out for the season after tearing a knee ligament, Spoelstra was asked if a point guard should be Rondo's replacement in the starting lineup, or perhaps another player such as Heat forward Chris Bosh.
"We'll cross that bridge when we get to it," Spoelstra said.
Brooklyn center Robin Lopez was selected by NBA Commissioner David Stern as Rondo's replacement on the East roster.