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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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