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Battier could miss the next "few games"

Heat forward Shane Battier is expected to miss at least the next two games after spraining his knee on Saturday against the Cavaliers.

Battier said on Monday after the Heat’s practice that he injured the medial-collateral ligament of his right knee. He did not practice on Monday and he is expected to sit out practices on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. It’s unclear when he will return but the sprain was minor enough that it did not require an MRI.

“I think it could have been a lot worse than it actually was,” Battier said. “I’ve sprained my MCL before, so I knew what it felt like. I knew exactly what it was.”

While Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hasn’t ruled Battier out for Thursday’s game against the Spurs, Heat forward LeBron James is already preparing himself for possibly moving to power forward defensively against the Western Conference's top team.

“It’s unfortunate we’re not going to have him for the next few games,” James said. “But we have enough guys to step up and come in and make plays.”

If Battier sits out Thursday, it will be the first time Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has had to adjust his starting frontcourt since the 2012 playoffs. It was then that Battier emerged as a solid option at power forward despite being undersized for the position.

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Is it a first degree sprain? or second?

Hopes Mr. Battier is alright and looks forward to his return.

get well shane... we need you... 007...

for the record.. I know this is a HEAT blog, but i have to talk about the Knicks n Nets game.. WHY IS JOE JOHNSON getting paid so much? I never, NEVER thought of him as an elite 2 guard in the NBA. I never thought of him as a max paid player, but yet he's up there?!?! Gerald Wallace has been playing excellent (when hes not hurt) Brook Lopez, has been playing better than anyone would have thought, Deron Williams has been doing well, but Joe has sucked! how you gon let Jerry-'atric'-Stackhouse come in and and not only make 6 more points than you, but did it with 6 less shots!?!?! that would be the first canidate on my amnesty wish list... I better not see him in an all-star jersey this season.. ok im done.. you may now continue with your scheduled debate of who the heat should pick up or cut..

Joe Johnson had Atlanta by the balls a few years back, he and his agent came out in the media and said pay me the max or I will be outta here. And the idiot Hawks fell for it, at the time they had no choice. They would of got nothing back in return, so they traded him a few yrs after signing, smart move by Danny Ferry when he got hired as GM. And Brooklyn needed to do something desperate to keep Deron. But, your correct he is awful.

black, great back and forth yesterday i like your spirit....lets make it yappen!....all things heat

ha... eddie you funny... on my way back down bottom... flyin down 95...

i think we really have to maximize the team we have right now... this window is wide open...

now ud40, got upset the other day...

well dam, i must of touched a nerve in your house, huh...

na, but, really, millsap ould fit right in...

i see a flex-motion offense...

and an aggressive defense...

back-to-back...

long season boys.. get ready for this matchup with the spurs... we might see them down the road...

i would like to admit, that using anyone from sac-town at this point is a mistake... my bad... that team is horrible... tried to help but we dont need any of there players... dam they bad...

anybody watching the lakers... wow... now thats bad...

How 'ill' was Kobe if he managed to jack up 27 shots? So tired of hearing about athletes performing with 'flu-like symptoms'. One, you only hear about the marketed athletes, I guess offensive lineman never get the flu. Two, we ALL have to work (or HAD to work, prior to our entitlement society) when our tummies feel a wittle upset. Buck up Kobe! If you were as shhhhtrong as we hear you are, then just eat that info about being sick. Instead, we get the camera shots of you laying down on the court in your warmups. Boo-freakin-hoo! Man up. You weren't that sick, OK, maybe it was just your jumper that was affected.

Latest trade suggestion:

Miami Marlins for Kevin Love

Think we could find time in the lineup for this stud?

hell, kobe was doin it big last night... if he was sick, dam, he's good... but the lakers are horrible... it's crazy, the way teams try to put all these stars together that don't fit... there style doesn't match their roster... they are in bad shape...

we shold feel lucky.. at least our stars can play well togeter... it took a little while to get it right... but, i see great things ahead...

greg,

if we could get kevin love, wihout giving up any of the big three...

deal...

see, we do this all season long... nothing personal... this is the fan effect... this is how we release... can i at least release, a lil bit... dam...

i wouldn't a job with the team tho... i'm just sayin... somewhere in the back.. lol...

i wouldn't mind a job with the team tho... i'm just sayin... somewhere in the back... lol...

you gotta use a chris tucker in friday voice on that one..

We need some Heat!......................It's cold as hell outside!
This break in play feels like the summer of 2011.
Well rested Heat + A tired SA team = Ragedy boots with broken. Spurs. This will be the Spurs 4th game in 5 nights.

thats why we should run the hell out of them...

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