Lineup Changes Affecting Miami HEAT?
But in a game this tight, in such an emotional, meaningful setting, it’s no wonder the team with more continuity and a better history of success in these situations came out on top to tie the series at two.
The Heat went with its fourth different starting lineup since (Chris) Bosh went down in Game 1 against Indiana — one that changed at halftime when Udonis Haslem replaced Joel Anthony to start the third quarter.
The changes kept Heat coach Erik Spoelstra continually tossing out groups that weren’t entirely comfortable playing with each other — at least not in a raucous TD Garden against a desperate and resilient Celtics team.
One game after Haslem played just 16 minutes, he played 36 major minutes in Game 4, continuing Spoelstra’s unpredictable decisions involving the player often regarded as the heart of the team.
One game after Mike Miller played 21 minutes and was critical in the Heat’s late comeback attempt, the Heat’s primary 3-point threat played just 11 minutes and managed only a bucket in that time.