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Miami to sit LeBron, Bosh, Wade; Boston sits Allen, Rondo, Garnett

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I feel bad for the people who purchased tickets to see the Celtics vs. the Heat before this season hoping for a meaningful late-season showdown. Anytime the offense is running through Dexter Pittman there is no showdown.

Both teams are sitting numerous key players because the game has little meaning.

Miami will sit LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN’s Heat Index.  Miami has a slim chance to be the top seed in the East — they would have to win out, Chicago would have to lose out — but rather than play for that slim chance coach Eric Spoelstra is thinking rest before the playoffs start this weekend.

For Boston, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus were announced as out early in the day, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett at gametime. Boston will be the four seed in the East and will play Atlanta in the first round. There is a chance they could catch Atlanta for home court, but Doc Rivers has made it clear rest is what matters most — he sat his big four against Atlanta last Friday.

Is Paul Pierce enough for Boston here?

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.

Marc Gasol’s step-back 3-pointer sends Grizzlies to overtime, where they down Pelicans (video)

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Marc Gasol has turned himself into a bona fide 3-point shooter, and his latest triple came when the Grizzlies needed it most.

Gasol’s 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter tied last night’s game against the Pelicans.

Then, Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer to tie the game in overtime:

Memphis went onto win 110-108 in double overtime behind 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and two steals from Gasol.

The Grizzlies have won three straight without Mike Conley (or Chandler Parsons), the victories coming by a combined six points

Celtics’ Al Horford blows game-winning layup against Rockets (video)

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The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.

Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.

Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation

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This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.

Then San Antonio’s Davis Bertans came in and shoved Monroe.

Followed by Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley coming in and shoved Bertans.

Both Beasley and Bertans were ejected for escalating the situation, and you can expect the league will hit both with a fine for being the third/fourth men in.