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Heat Vs. Celtics Preview: Can Miami Win Without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade And Chris Bosh?

The Miami Heat could be without their big three in Tuesday's game against the Boston Celtics. Can they still stay in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference?

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The Miami Heat appear to be more concerned with resting their best players ahead of the NBA playoffs than going for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Tuesday's game against the Boston Celtics could be without stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

All three players have been through this hard NBA schedule through the entire season and head coach Erik Spoelstra wants to be sure all three players will be at full strength when the playoffs begin. The Heat stand two games back of the Chicago Bulls for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat would need to win their last two games and have the Bulls lose their last two games to get the top seed in the East.

The Celtics have also been resting a lot of players themselves. Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all sat out Boston's 97-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Allen and Rondo both sat out practice on Monday, so their status is uncertain for tonight.

The game is scheduled for tip off at 8 p.m. from TD Garden in Boston. The game will be nationally televised on TNT.

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