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Report: Miami Heat stars not expected to play Friday against Bobcats

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen are expected to take the night off on Friday when the Miami Heat take on the Bobcats in Charlotte, reports Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel.

Wade and James missed the team's past two games and Chalmers the past three. The team received criticism for resting players for minor injuries with the playoffs coming up -- hamstring tightness for James, a sprained ankle for Chalmers, and a variety of nagging injuries for Wade. But the NBA chose not to discipline the team.

The last time the two teams met on Nov. 29, San Antonio rested starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu 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.

ESPN opted to broadcast the Heat-Bobcats game over a potentially more exciting game between the Thunder and Pacers, two playoff-bound teams.

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