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Spoelstra benches Bosh, Wade

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07:56 AM ET 01.15 | A Heat rally fell short Monday night as Miami lost in dispiriting fashion to the Jazz in Utah. With Chris Bosh in the starting lineup and Battier out with a sore hamstring, Utah outrebounded the Heat 40-23 on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena. Bosh finished the game with one rebound and only played 40 seconds in the fourth quarter. Just as odd, Dwyane Wade sat the entire fourth quarter as well. Still, with two of the Heat's All-Stars on the bench, the Heat (24-12) rallied from a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. ... Either looking for a spark or wanting to send a message, [Erik Spoelstra] went with an unconventional lineup throughout the fourth quarter -- [LeBron James], Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and Joel Anthony.

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January 15, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Bosh was known to hide in the past.

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January 15, 2013  08:32 AM ET

The heat are playing games, no motivation and just waiting for the business end of the season and a Good C.
MMA I fully agree a quarter off here and there will only help.

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January 15, 2013  08:47 AM ET

It's Harder To Repeat, Bros.

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January 15, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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The energy is not there. I don't think you can just turn it on in the playoffs. Your weakness now will be magnified in the playoffs. The Heatles weakness is their frontline. TeAms w/ big frontline gives the Heat the most problem.

We managed to get over it last year when the team was focused and motivated. They are just looking to finish in the top 2 and then once that is in place you will see a different team.

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January 15, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Good Job interns... with the title of the post;

"Spoelstra benches Bosh, Wade"

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January 15, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Long story short you go with what lineup works, the bulls are known for doing it also.
Lots of times they played their bench with Rose in late gaming situations...
But I agree to an extend that yes Bosh had 1 rebound, but Wade had 5, he plays D....so I don't see how benching D Wade made any sense.

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