Ray Allen probably will be joining the Heat’s list of resting stars on Friday in Charlotte.
Allen tweaked his right ankle when he fell over a cameraman during the fourth quarter against the Knicks on Tuesday. His availability will now be determined on a day-to-day basis by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and the team’s trainers.
“It’s just tender right now,” Allen said. “The last two days I’ve been getting treatment on it and just been trying to move it around get it to react the way I want it react, so when I’m on the floor I don’t feel anything.”
Allen didn’t rule out playing, but indicated he would be watching Friday’s game from the bench. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have missed two consecutive games with minor injuries, and Mario Chalmers has missed three games with a sprained ankle. The four players traveled with the Heat to Charlotte after Thursday’s practice.
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“Obviously I don’t want to do any further danger to it the next couple days, but I’ll continue on this path that I’m on and see how I feel in the morning and go from there,” Allen said.
With the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, the Heat has the luxury during the next two weeks to rest its starters for the playoffs. The Heat’s final regular-season game is April 17 at home against Orlando. James has missed action with “tightness” in his right hamstring, according to Spoelstra, and Wade is resting several minor injuries in his legs.
“We’ve had to deal with these minor injuries right now, and we’re being very proactive and very aggressive,” Spoelstra said. “All of our guys understand what’s important, and that’s to take care of your body and address some of these things right now judiciously.”
The Heat’s starting lineup against Bobcats will likely remain unchanged from Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks. In the frontcourt, Chris Bosh has started at power forward with Udonis Haslem at center and Rashard Lewis at small forward. Norris Cole has started at point guard in place of Chalmers and Mike Miller has played shooting guard for Wade.
Allen’s stumble in the fourth quarter was a freak accident. While running up the court out of bounds, Allen fell over a cameraman, who was crouched at midcourt. The cameraman was wearing blended in with the out-of-bounds floor coloring.
“I didn’t even see him,” Allen said. “I didn’t even know he was there. That is an occupational hazard. You see the guys, the cameramen, underneath the basket — the photographers underneath the basket.
“It’s unfortunate when one of us falls on them out of bounds or trips on them, but what can you do about it? We just hope that if a guy sees it that they’re able to move out of the way so we can avoid injury.”
Chris Bosh, whose home was burglarized of nearly $500,000 in cash and property on Wednesday night, said the incident had no impact on his disposition during Thursday’s practice, other than him being tired. The investigation of the burglary lasted well into the night, and Bosh didn’t get much sleep.
“I guess the worst thing is lack of sleep,” Bosh said. “That’s really it. Everything else is just a process, and that took awhile last night. But we’ll eventually get to where we need to go.”
Bosh was out celebrating his 29th birthday party at Briza in downtown Miami when the burglary occurred. Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, took a helicopter to the event, which was a “Moroccan-themed” celebration, according to a press release.
The party featured belly dancers, fire eaters and a camel named Henri that apparently has its own Twitter account. Bosh’s extravagant birthday cake was a bejeweled chocolate elephant with a figurine of Bosh riding the animal. Bosh’s likeness was wearing a red turban.