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Wizards vs Heat: Miami rests big guns, still wins, 103-98

The Wizards had a golden opportunity to pick up a late-season win thanks to the Heat sitting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. Instead, they fumbled the game away in the fourth quarter in a 103-98 loss.

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Webster deciding whether to play final 3 games

Wizards forward Martell Webster discussed his injured abdominal and suggested that it's possible he will sit for the Wizards' final three games.

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Wizards fall apart against Miami's JV team

The Wizards submitted one of their worst performances of the year, melting down early in the fourth quarter in a 103-98 home loss to a Miami Heat team resting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem.

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Webster leaves with abdominal strain

WASHINGTON -- Wizards forward Martell Webster will not return to the team's game against the Miami Heat due to an abdominal strain, the team just announced.

Webster has been playing through the injury for a couple weeks now, and something happened in the third quarter to aggravate it. I didn't catch the specific play, but evidently it was enough to cause him to sit.

Trevor Ariza is already out with a knee injury, so get ready to see a lot of three-guard lineups and/or Chris Singleton at the 3.

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LeBron, Wade, Bosh all sitting

WASHINGTON -- If you paid money to see the NBA's premier Big 3 take on the Washington Wizards, you might want to try to give up that ticket now. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will all sit for the Heat tonight, the team confirmed.

All three are nursing minor injuries and will rest for the playoffs. James played last night against the Milwaukee Bucks, but will sit with what is listed as a right hamstring strain. Wade is listed as having a right ankle sprain, while Bosh will not play for the second straight night with a cold. Udonis Haslem, who did play last night, also won't suit up for Miami with an ankle injury.

The Heat's likely starting lineup will instead feature Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Joel Anthony.

Randy Wittman was asked whether the Heat's strategy of resting players before the playoffs was appropriate.

"Listen, they're all playing for a little bit something different than we are right now. They've proved it. They know what's smart for their guys in their situation. I don't know how anybody can really question that," he said. "The playoffs are a long season too. It's another season. The intensity, not only physically, but mentally, is at another level. So you want your guys as fresh as you can have them."

I asked Wittman about the argument that the paying customers deserve to see the best players play when healthy. He posed another question to me.

"If it's your fans and paying customers, you want to see them win a championship," Wittman said. "Let's put that poll out there. I haven't seen that been asked [to fans]. Would you rather see LeBron, would you rather see Nene, would you rather see John Wall play game 80? Or would you like to see the Wizards win the world championship? See what that poll ends up."

Trevor Ariza, who missed last night's loss to the Knicks, will be a game-time decision.

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