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Miami Heat’s Big 3 will be limited with playoffs approaching

 
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Fans will be fortunate to see the Big Two-Thirds, much less the Big 3 during the last six games this season.

LeBron James said Tuesday morning he would be a scratch for some of the last six. Dwyane Wade will travel to Washington for Wednesday’s game, but is no lock to play. Center Chris Bosh called in sick Tuesday and could miss Wednesday’s game at Washington, too.

“He has flulike symptoms, so unless he gets dramatically better [he won’t travel],” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Tuesday’s game with Milwaukee. “It’s something we talked about. I don’t know if we will bring him around everybody.”

Spoelstra said Wade is day-to-day with his knee and ankle injuries. Wade went through Tuesday’s morning shootaround and worked out later in the day.

James said he’s “getting back to form” and his hamstring has “reacted well the last few days.”

But as for the last six games…

“I want to play, but I’m going to go against myself for the first time in my career,” James said. “OK, probably about the third time in my career. I sat out a few games when we had it locked up in Cleveland as well, to really use those games to get healthy as well.”

James started Tuesday with point guard Mario Chalmers and forwards Mike Miller, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem.

Playoff preview?

James dismissed the idea that Tuesday’s game would be a playoff preview in any way. Milwaukee might be back in AmericanAirlines Arena later this month for the first round of the playoffs.

“The preparation for a regular-season game and a playoff game is totally different,” James said. “The way you get into the books, the pros and cons of players is totally different. The personnel won’t change and the sets won’t change. We can use that. But as far as intensity, as far as Game 1 playoff matchup, it doesn’t compare.”

James wasn’t bothered by the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings suggesting a few weeks ago that Milwaukee matched up well with the Heat.

“They feel that way, if they have us in the first round, we’ll see how well we match up,” James said. “It’s OK to think that way and you can believe that. And, they should. We’re all NBA players for a reason. Teams are put together for a reason. I’m not here to take shots at anyone. That’s not what we do on our team. We just go about our business. Whoever we have in the first round, we’ll be ready for them.”

James said the Heat’s top concern for the rest of the season is getting as healthy as possible.

“We’re healthy going into the playoffs, we match up with anybody,” he said with a smile.

Of note

Battier won the Magic Johnson Award from the Pro Basketball Writers Association of America for cooperation with the media.

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