NEWARK, N.J. — The Miami Heat held Dwyane Wade out of the lineup when they played the New Jersey Nets Monday night to continue their “maintenance program,” while Nets point guard Deron Williams sat with a sore right calf.
Wade does not have a specific injury and essentially the team is just giving him rest without using that word. This is the fourth game he’s been rested over the last two weeks, part of the team’s unstated goal of giving as much down time as possible before the playoffs. The team is currently in a stretch where they play eight games in 11 days.
Williams suffered the injury after a collision with Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma Saturday night. Williams, who felt a foul should have been called on Stiemsma on the play, received a technical foul for arguing the call.
“I just think it’s day to day. We’ll give you another report (Tuesday). We’ll treat him and see where we are for (Wednesday against the New York Knicks),” Nets coach Avery Johnson said of Williams.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has not yet given any rest to LeBron James, who was in the starting lineup Monday despite suffering a minor ankle injury on Sunday. Last week, James said he didn’t plan on asking for any rest before the playoffs. He’s missed just one game this season and is currently fifth in the NBA in minutes played.
“LeBron feels fine,” Spoelstra said. “Health is the priority but so is playing well. We haven’t locked anything up. We’ll continue to evaluate everything. … It might change.”
The Heat also gave Shane Battier the night off. Spoelstra said Battier had been bothered by a neck injury for the last several days. Battier played 21 minutes in the Heat’s victory Sunday in New York.
Center Ronny Turiaf was also out for Miami for the third straight game because of a hamstring injury.
Also out for the Nets was small forward Gerald Wallace, who missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring. He’ll work out Tuesday, Johnson said, and then see if he will be able to play on Wednesday night against the Knicks.
“I just want to see what they can do,” Johnson said.
Brian Windhorst is a NBA writer for ESPN.com. Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.