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Joel Anthony ruled out for Heat season opener

Oct 29, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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The NBA season begins in earnest on Tuesday and the marquee game will be a rematch of last season’s eastern conference finals when the Heat face the Celtics. There’s no shortage of bad blood between these two teams and every player is ready to jump into the fray and be part of it.

Well, except Joel Anthoy. According to Ira Winderman, the Heat’s big man is nursing a sore hamstring and has already been ruled out of Tuesday’s game.

That sound you hear is panic coming from South Beach. Actually, no it’s just the waves crashing on the beach. Or maybe it’s the sound of music blaring out from one of the clubs. Or…you get the picture.

On a serious note, not having Anthony certainly affects the Heat. He’s one of their better back up big men due to his defensive presence and work on the glass. Teams have a harder time scoring in the paint when Anthony is in the game and his defensive first mindset is what has endeared him to Eric Spoelstra. With Anthony unavailable, Josh Harrelson may get some floor time or Dexter Pittman may get his name called.

However, what we’ll likely see is more non-traditional lineups. The Heat are moving away from a lineup that depends on a classic big man and instead will play guys who would typically only be power forwards and slide them into the middle. Chris Bosh will play most of his minutes at center and Eric Spoelstra may even throw LeBron into the pivot for limited minutes if the match ups allow it. It is all part of the “position-less” lineups that Spoelstra will play more of this year in the hopes of dictating match ups to his opponent while also getting his best five players on the floor.

So while Joel Anthony will be missed somewhat, the Heat will compensate just fine without him. Don’t throw their championship hopes out the window just yet.

  1. michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Dang! And Joel Anthony was just coming into his own those 7 minutes he played in the NBA Finals. Celtics practically have this win locked up now.

    • guyaneserj - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM


  2. miamatt - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Doubt we see Pittman or Harrellson. Haslem and Bosh at the five, James and Battier at the four. Allen, Miller, and perhaps Norris Cole fill out the opening night rotation.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      No Rashard Lewis? He surprised me in the preseason by not being a worthless meatbag. I think he’ll steal some minutes at the 4.

      • miamatt - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        Ok, I did forget Lewis. He’ll be given a chance at some point in the first half and if his “worthless meatbag” quotient is anything less than total, he’ll probably get some 2nd half minutes as well.

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      1 – Chalmers, Cole
      2 – Wade, Allen
      3 – Battier, Miller
      4 – James, Lewis
      5 – Bosh, Haslem

      Both Dexter Pittman and Josh Harrelson are still raw, so them plus Terrell Harris and James Jones will probably be a DNP for most of the season.

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