LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers out Tuesday vs. Knicks
The New York Knicks might have to wait until the playoffs to get a rematch against a healthy Miami Heat.
ESPN NBA beat-writer Tom Haberstroh tweeted that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will sit out Tuesday's game in Miami against the Knicks, the trio's second consecutive game on the sidelines. James, Wade and Chalmers also missed Sunday's two-point win on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.
James is nursing a sore hamstring and Wade and Chalmers are dealing with ankle issues. Head coach Erik Spoelstra's decision to sit three of his starters against the Spurs was rather odd timing; Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich opted to suddenly send home four of his starters (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green) in a Spurs-Heat game in November, prompting NBA commissioner David Stern to fine the Spurs $250,000 for not alerting the league office of the decision.
The game Tuesday will be the fourth and final regular season match-up between the Heat and Knicks. New York, currently on an eight-game win streak, blew out Miami earlier this season in Madison Square Garden and on the road in South Florida, winning each game by 20 points. But Miami got revenge with a six-point victory March 3, and will have to win again on Tuesday without three of their starters if they want to avoid losing the season-series to their Eastern Conference rivals.