Joel Anthony moved aside in latest Heat rotation shift

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Joel Anthony moved aside in latest Heat rotation shift

INDIANAPOLIS – Joel Anthony is used to this by now.

In fact, he and the rest of the Miami Heat’s rotation players have almost come to expect it. Coach Erik Spoelstra has tinkered with the rotation at various points throughout the last three seasons.

It just so happened to be Anthony’s turn to fall out of favor in Wednesday night’s victory against the Brooklyn Nets. He did not play despite the Heat winning by 20 points.

“I’ve been in these of situations before,” Anthony said after an optional practice Thursday and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in advance of Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

“I know how to deal with it, keep myself ready so when the time comes for me to help the team, I’ll be ready to do that.”

For Anthony, it’s nothing new.

He’s experienced the high of making 62 starts the past two seasons to being an afterthought at times during the postseason.

The latest decline in playing time came after Anthony played double-digit minutes in 10 of 12 games, including 23 in a loss to the Utah Jazz Jan. 14.

Wednesday, newly acquired center Chris Andersen grabbed Anthony’s minutes, playing with the second unit, closing three points and five rebounds in nearly 10 minutes.

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By Shandel Richardson and Ira Winderman

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