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Heat likely without Shane Battier for “a few” after knee sprain

Nov 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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It was an awkward play Saturday night — Cleveland’s Alonzo Gee was driving the lane and Miami’s Udonis Haslem stepped in to take the charge. Haslem was knocked backwards and fell into Shane Battier’s right knee, and Battier went to the ground grabbing it.

Battier left the game and did not return. He tweeted out the result and a vague reference to when he will be back.

 

Not sure if Battier means a few games or a few days. Or both.

Battier has started all 13 Heat games this season, playing really as a stretch-four (he defends the opposing four most of the time) allowing LeBron James to head to the post in the Heat’s position-less offense. Most of what Battier does is move the ball and stretch the floor on offense by shooting the corner three — 4.5 of his 5.2 shot attempts per games are threes, and he is shooting 45.8 percent from deep.

Miami will miss that because Battier is smart about it and does it well. The most logical option is to go with Rashard Lewis as the stretch four, but he has fallen out of favor in Miami and is not currently part of the rotation. However, if I were a betting man I’d think Haslem will move into the starting spot, even though he doesn’t space the floor the same way.

Tom Haberstroh at ESPN’s Heat Index put out an interesting idea — move Joel Anthony back into the starting five, sliding Chris Bosh to the four and Lebron to the three. Anthony brings great defense and no offense, and coach Erik Spoelstra moved away from that trade off in the playoffs. But in the short term here this would be an interesting call.

  1. nycalldayz - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    OMG! It’s the end of world. What shall Miami do? Smh

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Take your time Shane and get back when you’re at 100%.

    As far as the Heat’s choices, with all due respect to the opinions of Kurt Helin, Tom Haberstroh, and the dozens of posters to follow; I think Erik Spoelstra has it under control.

  3. skinsfanwill - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Miami is currently giving up over 100 a game. They already have tons of options to shoot. they need Anthony back in there for defense. Bosh is basically invisible on defense. That lineup matches well with OKC, but nobody else. Stop it Miami with the small lineups.

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      “That lineup matches well with OKC, but nobody else”

      Explain how the Heat have won 10 of their 13 games so far if their small lineup doesn’t matchup well against 29 of the 30 NBA teams.

      Keep in mind, they haven’t played OKC yet.

  4. miamatt - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I would bet Mike Miller gets the call, and James guards bigs for parts of the game. Haslem and Allen are the first two off the bench, and Anthony may indeed see more minutes. It wouldn’t surprise to see Lewis back out there at some point, though- this Thursday’s matchup with the Spurs could well be a three-point shootout, and Rashard gives Miami more bullets.

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