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Might Greg Oden make an appearance for Miami in Game 3?

May 23, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

When the Miami Heat signed Greg Oden last summer, this was why — to match up against Roy Hibbert in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Through two games of that series — tied 1-1 with Game 3 in Miami Saturday — there has been no sign of Oden. He has been pinned to the bench by coach Eric Spoelstra, who said Oden wasn’t healthy and ready to go.

But there he was Friday, working out, as tweeted by Tom Haberstroh of ESPN in this Vine.

When asked about it, all Spoelstra would say is Oden “could” play.

The reason Spoelstra is hesitant? Oden played six minutes against Hibbert in a regular season game and got owned — Hibbert scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, basically getting where he wanted and doing what he wanted in that matchup.

With so much on the line in Game 3, is Spoelstra willing to risk a repeat performance? More likely, he sticks with what he knows and trusts in Udonis Haslem.

  1. doctorbluff - May 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I’m by no means a Heat fan, but it is hard not to root for Greg Oden.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - May 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    They’d be better off having LBJ deal with Hibbert, and that’s only necessary if Hibbert shows up.

  3. nfl4days - May 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    It’s a damn shame guys like Oden exist in sports at the same time as lazy bums with all the health and talent in the world, who only want to collect paychecks.

  4. antistratfordian - May 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Hibbert didn’t score 13 points on Oden in that game. He only had 6 points against Oden, to go along with 1 rebound. In the same span Oden had 2 points, 2 blocks and 1 rebound.

    But that’s neither here nor there. The Heat don’t need Oden, but it’s always nice to have a 7 footer on your roster somewhere.

  5. jason9696 - May 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Does it really matter if he plays or not? He’ll be remembered as one of the biggest busts in NBA history.

    • beach305 - May 24, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      To me a bust is someone who plays but never lives up to his potential. Like Dario or beasly. Oden was injured , but when he was healthy had the potential.

    • ranfan12 - May 24, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      But people will know the difference between Kwame Brown and Greg Oden, if they have common sense at least.

    • turnmymicup - May 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      A bust is someone who doesn’t back up all the hype surrounding them. Not a player that’s injury prone. Oden can be a monster when healthy but those knees won’t allow it. Same with Brandon Roy.

    • kb2408 - May 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Based on all the thumbs down you’re getting I’d say you’re the biggest bust on PBT. Add my thumbs down to the list.

      • billtetley53 - May 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Thats so cute that you worry about thumbs. Hey everyone, kb is looking for validation on a website. Id tell you youre pathetic, but you know that, i know that, we all know that.

  6. mackcarrington - May 24, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    He looks just fine in that video to me. Put him in the game.

  7. thekingdave - May 24, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Look for huge games from both Beasley and Oden. Why? As been stated here by numerous posters, Pat Riley is a “genius”. Yes, he possesses an uncanny ability to convince young players to head to beautiful South Beach, join a super team virtually earmarked to win the NBA title, and the added perk of hanging with talented “artists” such as Rick Ross and Birdman. Yes, it’s really a tough job to do. Props to Riley for getting his hands dirty and pulling off this seemingly impossible task.

    • miamatt - May 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      How’d your super team do this year?

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