An interesting strategy against arguably the NBA's most rugged team would be to rest most of your frontcourt players. On Wednesday night, that's exactly what the Heat is doing against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
The Heat is playing without Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Greg Oden against Memphis bigs Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. In addition to the Heat's three best paint players being out, Dwyane Wade is also not playing in Memphis. Shane Battier was in the lineup for Haslem while Toney Douglas filled in for Wade.
Wade is missing his eighth-straight game and 27th overall. Haslem didn't travel with the team to Memphis due to a stomach virus. Andersen is with the team, but resting a sore back.
Wade practiced before the game, but the Heat is being overly cautious with his sore hamstring, Achilles tendon and knees this close to the playoffs. He is questionable for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat led the Pacers by half a game in the Eastern Conference Standings before Wednesday's set of games. The Pacers played the Bucks on Wednesday and Pacers coach Frank Vogel rested all five of his starters.