Posted April 01, 2013

Report: NBA will not discipline Miami Heat for sitting three starters

NBA

The NBA says it has no plans to discipline the Miami Heat for three starters sitting out last night’s 88-86 victory against the San Antonio Spurs, reports CBSSports.com.

Heat forward LeBron James (right hamstring), guard Dwyane Wade (ankle) and guard Mario Chalmers (ankle) sat out the game, but forward Chris Bosh hit a three-pointer with less than two seconds left to secure the victory.

The last time the two teams met on Nov. 29, San Antonio rested starters Tim DuncanTony ParkerManu Ginobili and Danny Green and Miami went on to win the game 105-100.  The NBA fined San Antonio $250,000 for the incident because the team did not give the NBA or Miami prior notice of the players’ absences.

The Heat have a four-game lead over the Spurs with nine games to go in the race for the league’s best record.


17 comments
Cherrie
Cherrie

They won the game, so why punish them?

a.cess
a.cess

Maybe if the Spurs won (either game) it would have been a different story.  Not playing your stars and losing is like "sandbagging" the game which is unfair to the fans watching.

bithomas2
bithomas2

It's ok when the Heat do it because ... reasons.

matt7
matt7

Will Stern at least give San Antonio the $250k back?

P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

 @bithomas2 Because it's the end of the season and the Heat have little to play for other than best record overall & even then , they are up on the Spurs. Thanks for playing

hoopster17
hoopster17

 @matt7

 Lol..........yeah, right.........consider it a donation to a worthy cause.

bithomas2
bithomas2

 @P0is0nedKoolA1 I think you totally missed the point, which is weird since you're reading this article.  San Antonio got fined for benching their stars, but the Heat didn't for essentially doing the same thing.

Mark4
Mark4

 @dieseldog  @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1 There is no injured list in the NBA.  Both teams place the players they wanted to hold out as inactive for the game.  Miami lied and SAID they were injured, and Pop told the truth, and said that 4 games in 5 nights were too much for his 30-somethings.  The Spurs were set up for that game.  Miami had like 3-4 days off going in.  The NBA is doing it again Thursday, bringing the Spurs off of a 4 games in 5 nights nightmare to play on national TV against OKC who has FIVE DAYS OFF coming it.

pattisod
pattisod

 @hoopster17  @ParishToni1  @Sylvsworld  @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1 Could you please answer the question in the post you replied to?  What rule of protocol was violated?  The answer is none.  Stern was not court side for the game in San Antonio because that city sucks.  He was in attendance for the game in Miami.  He must have really wanted to see Timmy live.

hoopster17
hoopster17

 @ParishToni1  @Sylvsworld  @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1

 Bottom line is that there is a procedure and San Antonio believed they were above the rules and procedure and did what they wanted to do in the way they wanted to do it.  Obviously, a lot of teams "rest" their players; however, they are not dumb or arrogant enough to say to the NBA that we are not going to follow the rules.  Pop's arrogance is the reason for the fine and not some bias for the Miami Heat.  Even if the NBA had some sinister motive for fining the Spurs, Pop made it easy for the NBA to do by not following protocol.  Often, it is not what you do, but how you do it.

ParishToni1
ParishToni1

 @Sylvsworld  @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1 

Thats a load of crap. it had nothing to do with protocol. if you know so much about league rules, what was it the protocol or actual rule and how was it violated? It had everything to do with the first game being on TNT and yesterdays game was not nationally televised. The Spurs could've given notice when? They were on the second game of a back to back. How early do you tell the heat or the league? Would it have made a difference to anyone? The heat not knowing  2-3 hours earlier caused them to play bad?  Tim, Manu have had injuries all year, so they sat on the second game of a back to back. Nothing new.   Lebron was not hurt, was not injured.  He looked fine Friday, two days before.  The heat had a full days rest.  The NBA is just like the WWF, the field is purposely tilted by the league office.  Eventually the NBA will turn off a lot of fans. This whole issue isn't about the heat, they can do whatever they feel is necessary to protect their team, its just wrong that the Spurs were fined an insane amount for doing something they had a legitimate excuse to do. With teams fighting for playoff positioning in the west, i would dare say tanking games this late in the season is an even bigger issue.

Sylvsworld
Sylvsworld

 @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1 If you actually read the article, you would notice that the Heat followed protocol and the Spurss did not.  That's the reason they didn't get fined

 

dieseldog
dieseldog

 @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1  The spurs didn't place their players on the injured list, they stated they wanted to rest them for another game. Had they placed them on the list I am sure it would be another story. But it doesn't matter, the Heat are the best and this season is already over.

bithomas2
bithomas2

 @dieseldog  @P0is0nedKoolA1 For the record, I don't really care that the Heat did this.  I think Erik Spoelstra has just as much right to bench his players as Gregg Popovich does.  I just care that David Stern was clearly trying to make an example out of the Spurs with the fine, yet Miami won't be fined for essentially doing the same thing.  That's nice that the team notified everyone that the Heat players would be absent, but surely that doesn't happen every game for every team.

dieseldog
dieseldog

 @bithomas2  @P0is0nedKoolA1 

Obviously, you didn't read the article. The spurs were fined because they didn't notify the NBA or Heat, that they were benching their players. If they followed the rules like the Heat they wouldn't be fined. And personally for me, they should just give the Heat the championship, no one is going to be able to beat them in a series.