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Battier's sprained knee could shake up rotation

Shane Battier sprained his knee after an awkward fall against the Cavaliers on Saturday. The Heat doesn't play again until Thursday, which gives Battier time to recover, but if he's not ready for a return against the Spurs then coach Erik Spoelstra would be forced to rearrange his power forward rotation for the first time since the 2012 playoffs.

Battier left Saturday's game with 4:13 left in the third quarter. After his tumble, he jogged directly to the Heat's locker room. The Heat released a statement during the game that Battier would not return and afterwards Spoelstra said Battier was feeling better.

Spoelstra could insert Udonis Haslem into the starting lineup in place of Battier and shift Bosh to power forward. Another option would be moving LeBron to power forward, keeping Bosh at center and starting Mike Miller at power forward. As for Rashard Lewis, he hasn't played since the Heat's come-from-behind victory against the Suns.

Keeping with Spoelstra's small-ball philosophy, LeBron would be the best option at power forward. Of course, we've all known that for a long time. Is LeBron ready to swallow his ego and move inside? It would be the best option until Battier is healthy.

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would you trade, allen, lewis, miller, anthony to the kings for big cuz and evans????

Bosh, Lebron, Wade, Allen, Rio! (starting 5 / closing 5)

The Big 5

Black, Ray has won us 2 games this year in the final seconds. Do you still not trust him? I told you Rashard was done, now the only way he plays is with Battiers injury. Now you moved on from Millsap and now you want a MAJOR headache in Cousins??? Huh? You dont see the chemistry on the court with Lebron and Ray on the floor?, this the highest field goal percentage he has ever had.

what we lose in shooting, we gain down low... granted, millsap would help... but cousins would be scary good... bosh would get more open shots... bron would get more open looks and assists... wade would excel with the addition as well... not to mention, as a hole we would be better... now, he does have issues... but we coul help him grow as a player... and we would be better for it... theres no reason not to look into bringing in some help... both millsap and cousins are available... it would be dumb, not to look into them... we would win a lot longer with either one of these guys as part of our team... sometimes when you have the chance to get better its smart to just do it... it may not come around again... waching all things heat... title run 2013... i see a tweek comin...007... in the am...

WHOA! whoa whoa.. black bruh!?!?.. why are you not happy with the heats Roster? first you want Varejao, then Pietrus, then Millsap, now Cousins and Tyreke Evans? and none of them are really that great!

we already have (arguably) the best 2 guard in the game in D wade, so why bring in evans?

cousins has been a problem since he's come to the NBA, and with a young coach like erik spoltra, no way miami would be ok... he has to continue to mature a lil bit..

And whats up with you a Ray Allen? yes if we live by the 3 we die by it, but if your making it, and your best at it of ALL TIME why stop it? why go away from it? the heat have a perfect balance of shooting and attacking. ball constantly moving, why try to slow it down with a strictly post player on offense with cousins? doesn't fit the team man..

ok, good point.... you made a solid reason for not making that move... but millsap, could help down low and on the glass... now evans is a pg... 6'6 point... but cousins is a problem... so yes, not a good move... ok, got me there... just got up..tbc...

Evans is listed as a PG, but he plays more 2 guard with aaron brooks and Isiah thomas in the picture.


I do agree Paul Millsap is a good player, and the Heat should move on him if he gets amnestied, or comes cheap.. other than that Heat can't afford him.

the other hand is the Heat do need a third PG. I know everyone keeps saying, not when they have soo many ball handlers in d wade, bron, miller, and ray allen they dont need another pg, but they really do.. especially if Rio or Cole gets hurt, then the heat would have to sacrifice Bron, or Wade and make them guard the other teams speedy PG.. and thats a problem

ok, this i a good topic... yes, i do agree with the thought of adding millsap... trade miller and anthony.. millsap would help... yes he is free at the end of the season, but hey, we move forward with someone else... pietrus helps the depth at the two, he plays solid defense and could attack when needed... evans, could backup rio... put evans and pietrus as the backup backcourt... i would rather keep lewis... maybe, allen, harris, draft pick... then you add k-mart... he could backup bosh at center... have ud backup millsap... battier, for now backs up bron... or comes in to stretch the floor... the ball movement with bosh, bron, wade, millsap, rio would be tough to defend... now all this shooting is good, but come postseason will it be there??? and how will the defense improve when it matters the most... at least with millsap, he's a solid rebounder and a good scoring option down low, lttle small but he does know how to ball... and is available... loo, if we could land millsap, sign pietrus, sign k-mart, this is still a great roster... ifyou wanna keep ray, then ok... but i would look at evans... while the pot is hot, take a plate... we still good... watching all things heat... i aint done... 007...

Losing two players that play the same position (PG) would hurt any team. Well, any team that isn't as deep and versatile as the current HEAT team.

Bron guarding PGs? How did that work out for the NBA MVP in the 2011 ECFs? Helped to have that undersized, no-hands, no rebounding jumping fool JA in the lane too, didn't it?

No Cousins, NO WAY - EVER! We are a running athletic team, that isn't going to slow down to drop an anchor like Cousins in the post. Goodness, didn't we learn ANYTHING from the head case beasley experiment? We want professionals that approach the game as such. When you are supposed to have talent, and can't make it work on a weak team like Sactown...stay away from our squad.

We need this, we need that....

Willing to bet that EVERY OTHER TEAM IN THE NBA needs more change than we do!!!! And here's the one Freddie Mercury quote for the day "we are the champions, my friends!" We are DEEP and we are VERSATILE and we are athletic and we are a well run organization from the top down! Get at us Knicks, Lakers, Bulls, Thunder, Clips - we're here at the top of the hill waiting for ya!

greg, good post...

but the second run, is harder than the first.... and when on top, you wanna stay on top...

getting better isn't crime...

we are good now... but something just aint right just yet....

i say, make a move... it's right there....

Black

This is our third run with this squad, and you are right, they keep getting tougher.

I did not mean to imply that we would win a championship simply by playing as we are now. I meant to infer that we can get better by using the personnel we already have on the team. We could take one step forward by making some trades or signings, but I don't want to fall two steps back in the process. (sorry, that Paula Abdul reference was the second queen of music reference today - probably one too many)

hot tpic around the league... who gets traded first...

now, i would pull the triger on that millsap deal, right now...

one thing at a time...

timin is everything... it's time...

we could back up and watch everyone else scramble to matchup...

a lot of talk going on right now, let's see what happens...tbc...

black, lay of the crack....no way in hell we trading ray ray aka spray spray

I would start Anthony and move Bosh to PFwd.

you sound like eddie from the fve heartbeats... i'm just sayin...

you sound like a moron with your stupid trade talks...we're in first in the East....i'm just sayin....

see, thereis a bigger picture... we are trying to win another title.. first place, after 13 games is good. but with some or a good move we should hold that trophy again... eddie, just watch and learn... this here is just starting...

see, i'm greedy... i want mo...

ok, ray has been good, so far... his shooting is a great addition to the team... i give him all the praise.... he is the greatest three-point shooter of all-time... so i would be wrong to doubt him... but we win on defense... and to win it again, it will be because of defense... so, i will back off ray ray for now... but if theres a way to get better and they want ray.... oh he's gone.... and that left mess, every time we're on the road, oh, i would get rid of him in a heartbeat... evans is only 23... i'm just sayin... they need help out there in sac-town... he's your guy... remember seattle...

wanna wait to start on the spurs... big game on tnt... come to play.... we have to control homecourt...

dude why are we going to trade right now we are sitting pretty just where we are at and we aint even playing good defense, yet we're in FIRST PLACE in the EAST....you bring in other dudes and your just gona F*** up the chemistry....your panicking like if we are in last place....relax and watch them play

ray allen is exactly what we needed...a pure deadly shooter with fat sacks that aint afraid to take that shot...when you got the best player in the planet driving and collapsing that defense....ohhh hey look what we got here a wide open ray allen....take that all day everyday any day....oh yea and it dont hurt to have d-wizzle and mr.consitency CB...common man we're fine..just gotta tighten the screws on def

well, i see you don't look at the big picture... now, take a minute and just listen.... both anthony and miller's contacts are too much on our books.... there are players on the trading block who's contract are up at season's end... now, how do we get them off and still get players who would help now.... key word,,, trade... now do you see a player that would help us this year??? i do... how bout millsap... utah has too many bigs... we need a big.. see, thats how this works eddie.... now you must be a ray allen fan... ok.... but this is more about the heat... granted he did well to start the season... i just don't trust him come postseason.... might just be me... i'm just sayin...

no, not just a ray allen fan, been a heat fan my hole life since the days of bimbo coles, minor, askins, etc....all I'm saying is ray allen is what we needed if you havent noticed by now how dangerous at the end of ball games he makes us then just keep watching...

now as far as the big picture, there is no need to shake things up we're perfectly fine where we are at..like i said defense has to tighten up but lets be real..joel anthony and mike miller can't be traded not even for a bag of rice...they fit this team perfectly

so if you want to trade them i agree with you, you most likely would have to package ray allen in there or someone else and Utah is not that stupid to take those 3 guys at the end of their careers to give up paul millsap

And trust me I agree with you, maybe we do need another big down the road, but clearly the Heat don't...hence the small-ball lineup we are playing...we are playing this line-up play quicker and faster and to create mismatches with our other players

NBA team Offensive stats as of today:

PPG--Heat 1st
FG%--Heat 1st
3pt%--Heat 1st
Ft%--Heat 17th
Assist Per Game -- Heat 4th

...other than Free throws, those are some pretty good offensive numbers so far as a Team right? big picture?

the suns were good on offense too... did they get to the finals??? look, i like watching our games, they're fun to watch... but we play and win with defense... if we could lead on both sides of the floor, it would be great... but i would rather lead on defense...

look, we have a great team... i luv watching the heat play and hope they win titles for years to come... we could go back and forth all day... but i really have more to do... eddie, we will be fine... but when you get a chance to improve, you really have to take it... i think miller and anthony are better than you think and hope they do well with their next teams...

agree, i like miller, and JA needs to play a lil more to protect that paint....i've been saying we need to tighten up on defense, only way we gona win in the playoffs is by that...just don't think we should trade our roster up

Wait Eddie and Black, dont stop bickering..this is great..I say we take a vote among the bloggers here on who is the real moron in this back and forth battle..its blatantly obvious to me! Any thoughts out there? Paging smitty, plomo, greggembe????

just wait.... 007...

why FIX if it ain't broke?? the roster is doing good. the first five is good and if Battier is not 100%, Mike Miller or UD can fill his spot. and Ray Allen is great coming off the bench, they need a scoring punch off-the-bench while James and Wade takes a rest.. no trade talks at the moment... OK?

No morons here, just fans expressing their opinions. Our defense will improve as the season rolls on. There will be ups and downs, but we will be fine in April and May.

Keep the team as is, get everybody healthy and nobody will want to face us in the playoffs. Did you hear that Knicks, Celtics, Bulls fans? Nobody. Waiting for Cinderella's slipper to drop off Memphis' foot, Lakers are a media driven topic (while still at .500), Spurs are a great organization (like the Heat), and the Thunder need to gel their new pieces.

That being said - was Westbrook's dunk last night off the chizain? Talk about ball-so-hard. He is probably still having nightmares about RIO blowing by him though.

Nightmares about Rio blowing by him? You mean westbrook blowing by rio? You must be confused.

It happened both ways.

RIO got WHATEVER the hell he wanted in that championship series. He was in the lane like his name was Tony Parker.

Highlights shown at 5 different angles, in slow motion, run on a loop every hour, with some stuffed suit trying to shove some hip-hop shhhhtreet verbage down our throat, doesn't win championships. Playing big boy ball, hitting key shots, distributing the ball to open teammates, playing defense - that will help you win a championship. We've got an underrated PG on our team, and I'm cool with him staying that way. Just keep delivering in those big moments RIO!

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