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Expect to see some Birdman back in Heat rotation Tuesday

Jun 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

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Miami has gone very small against the Spurs — and it worked at first, the Heat won a game and forced the Spurs to adjust to them.

However a consequence of that has been Chris Andersen has slid out of the rotation. The Birdman’s size was key against the large Pacers front line last series, but in a game of small ball he just has a good courtside seat.

Except it’s been pretty obvious the Heat need some of what he brings. Udonis Haslem is giving the Heat little and Miami certainly could have used Andersen’s rim protection as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have gotten in the lane.

Expect him to get some run in Game 6. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel pointed it out with statements he got from players at shootaround Tuesday.

“It’s cliché to say `stay ready,’ but I think Bird will have an impact tonight,” forward Shane Battier said.

Erik Spoelstra danced around any lineup questions at shootaround (he says anything is possible), but in a game when the Heat need a bolt of energy, particularly on the defensive end, the Birdman could swoop in with some key minutes. I don’t know that Andersen will start, but he should see time in the rotation again.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    BIRDMAN, BIRDMAN!

  2. jtbaudendistel - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Bird man bird man bird man

  3. pmx8411 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I would take Mike Miller out of the starting line-up and start Ray Allen just to counter the Spur’s 3’s

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    He was benched because there were kids 500 ft from the floor. Allegedly.

    • melkipershero - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Now thats funny

  5. lbroberts123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Starting rotation should be wade, Allen, James, Bosh, and Andersen. They need someone to go up against Duncan, and they need to space the floor out with Allen.

    • pmx8411 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      thats tough because now wade and james are gonna have to play parker on D…i would play small ball and start chalmers

      • melkipershero - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        He hasnt exactly stayed in front of him either.

    • melkipershero - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      100x yes. Spo has been out coached in 2 of the 3 Finals. Of course the players play the game, but he hasnt made it easier for them.

  6. jrebar88 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    White trash going to try and start a fight?

  7. desertfan - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Anderson is a human embarrassment!!!

  8. badintent - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Birdman came in the game and the Heat go on another run. I said it during the entire Pacer series and nothing has changed. Birdman flyth

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