With the playoffs fast approaching, the Miami Heat are being extremely cautious with their most important assets.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and reserve Ray Allen could all be held out Friday night as the visiting Heat go for a 12th consecutive win over the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats.
While James (hamstring) and Chalmers (ankle) went through some on-court work during Thursday's non-contact practice, Allen (ankle) and Wade (ankle) were mostly limited to stretching and conditioning. All four injuries are considered minor, but the Heat (58-16) want to make sure they're healthy come the playoffs as they set out to defend their title.
All four players will be evaluated again Friday.
"This was a good step, but it was a minor step also. So I don't anticipate those guys playing. We'll see," said coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team has already clinched the Eastern Conference's top seed.
"We still have time to work on our game. We want our ...