By Shandel Richardson

There was a time in Amar’e Stoudemire’s career when statistics and playing time were priorities.

Now, in his 14th season, things have changed.

The plan these days is for the forward-center to conserve energy during the regular season so he can be as helpful as possible should the Heat make a postseason run. Expect him to remain in sort of a “maintenance” program throughout the rest of the season, playing sparingly during the year.

“We’ve got a big picture in mind,” Stoudemire said. “We know we want to be there in the postseason. We want guys to stay healthy. Now, it’s not about wearing somebody down during the regular season. It’s about really just keeping the maintenance program and making sure we’re at 100 percent strength by the playoffs.”

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