Shane Battier Back in Starting Lineup Soon?
Heat forward Udonis Haslem started in place of Shane Battier for the second game in a row Saturday, but coach Erik Spoelstra made it clear that the experiment might be short-lived.
“It’s not in cement,” Spoelstra said. “I think they’re both veteran enough. They’ve both been in our system. They both feel comfortable either way. Basically they’ll just be flip-flopping positions.”
Starting Haslem is not an indication the Heat is moving away from its small-ball approach. Battier is still recovering from a knee injury, and the hope was that Haslem would give the Heat a boost of energy defensively in the first quarter.