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Spoelstra gambles in Game 3; Starts Dexter Pittman, Shane Battier

Everyone remembers the 2011 postseason, right? You know, when Heat coach Erik Spoelstra treated his starting center position like musical chairs. Well, thanks to Chris Bosh's injury, the music has started up again.

In a dramatic move, Spoelstra benched Udonis Haslem and Ronny Turiaf for Game 3 on Thursday and instead started Dexter Pittman and Shane Battier. The move shifted LeBron James to power forward for a matchup against David West. Battier started at small forward with Pittman at center.

The experiment didn't start well. Pittman played about 3 1/2 minutes before picking up an off-ball foul on Roy Hibbert. Spoelstra immediately substituted Joel Anthony into the game.


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