The maintenance program has officially started.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Knicks at AmericanAirlines Arena. This is the second game in a row the three starters have rested minor injuries. James, Wade and Chalmers also did not play on Sunday against the Spurs.
Officially, James is skipping the season finale with the Knicks due to soreness in his right hamstring and Wade is out of action due a variety of minor injuries. This is Chalmers' third-straight game to sit due to a sprained ankle.
"These are minor nicks and knacks that happen during the course of a season," Spoelstra said.
The playing status of the three players is day-to-day, according to Spoelstra, who wouldn't commit to playing the James, Wade and Chalmers against the Bobcats on Friday.
The Heat's starting lineup will likely be the same as Sunday's game against the Spurs. Chris Bosh started at power forward in San Antonio with Norris Cole, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis and Udonis Haslem rounding out the starting lineup. The Heat defeated the Spurs 88-86 on a three-pointer by Bosh with 1.1 seconds left.
On Sunday, reserve Shane Battier referred to the pared down lineup as the Fighting Clowns. On Tuesday, he called the Heat's split squad "Expendables Part Three."