Heat finding their way with Haslem, Anthony in mix

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Heat finding their way with Haslem, Anthony in mix

SALT LAKE CITY – Before the early-season adjustment, before Udonis Haslem was injected into the starting lineup and Joel Anthony into the second unit, the approach was evident, as stated by Erik Spoelstra at the start of the season:

Everyone on the floor is live in the offense, the defense would have to pick their poison.

That was when Shane Battier still was starting, Rashard Lewis still was playing, and Anthony was buried in the Dexter Pittman reaches of the end of the rotation.

But then came the need for more defense and more rebounding.

And that’s when the live options seemingly were reduced.

Then came Saturday night’s 128-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings, when 11 players scored, an emerging second unit continued to emerge, and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh didn’t have to carry the load.

To Spoelstra, just because he switched his lineup and rotation, it didn’t mean a change in the approach.

“The mentality is the same. Everybody has to be a live option, and that actually has gotten much better,” he said, with the Heat’s six-game trip continuing Monday against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

“Everybody is more of a live option. The trust is getting better.”

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By Ira Winderman


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