LeBron James, who has been nursing an injured hamstring, told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't plan to play in all of the Miami Heat's final six regular season games.
FOX Sports columnist Chris Tomasson tweeted the following quote from the reigning NBA MVP:
“No, I don’t plan in playing these last six,’’ James said. “Not at all. I want to play but I’m going to go against it for… probably about the third time in my career. I sat out a few games when we had it all locked up in Cleveland to really just try to use those games to get healthy as well. But I don’t plan on playing in these last six.’’
James sat out three games last week to rest his hamstring. He returned Saturday against Philadelphia and scored 27 points. James apparently didn't clarify how many games he plans to play or which he might sit out. But he did emphasize that entering the postseason healthy was more important.
Miami has the league's best record and is 10 games clear of the rest of the Eastern Conference. With home-court advantage already locked up, there isn't much incentive for Miami to push during the final stretch of the regular season. Dwyane Wade has also been battling knee problems. He is hoping to return before the end of the regular season. But even so, James' health becomes even more important as Miami prepares for its title defense.