Miami Heat Shouldn't Worry About LeBron James Sitting Out vs. San Antonio Spurs

By Will Connolly
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

As the Miami Heat routed the San Antonio Spurs 121-96 this past Saturday night, their most important player sat on the bench.

LeBron James has participated in every single one of the Heat’s preseason games, but in a pregame interview before Saturday’s game, he said he would sit out due to “maintenance.”

“It’s OK for LeBron to take one off,” said James.

James has averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds in five preseason games with the Heat. However, he is still yet to play an entire game.

Saturday night did mark the return of Dwyane Wade to the starting lineup who showed that “Flash” has not lost his touch, as he put up 25 points in 26 minutes of play. This is a positive sign for the Heat as the NBA season is just over a week away.

Chris Bosh also showed improvement this preseason as he has averaged 17 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game.

Newcomer Michael Beasley is another player showing promise, averaging 11.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in three games thus far.

These are all positive signs for the Heat, and even though James plans to sit out the final preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 25, he said he will be ready to go on opening night against the Chicago Bulls when the season kicks off next week. James assured reporters that he has no injuries and is just resting up.

The Heat have posted a 4-2 record this preseason, but we all know that this means nothing come Oct. 29. So the question remains, can the Heat remain the top team in the NBA? I can’t wait to find out.

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