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5 Rotation Decisions Miami Heat Must Consider Before NBA Playoffs

5 Rotation Decisions the Miami Heat Must Consider Before the Playoffs

Erik Spoelstra Miami Heat
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The Miami Heat are on the verge of what they hope to be another long playoff run. Yet, the Heat still have several decisions to make about their playoff rotation. Here are five of the biggest dilemmas that head coach Erik Spoelstra will have to solve.

5. Greg Oden vs. Udonis Haslem

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5. Greg Oden vs. Udonis Haslem

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After spending most of the season on the bench, Udonis Haslem has just recently entered the Heat's rotation. Haslem even took Greg Oden's usual minutes in Miami's recent game against Indiana. Despite being inserted into the starting lineup for several games, Oden has been unable to secure a spot in the rotation. Unless Oden is able to provide more of a defensive presence inside, the Heat will likely turn to Haslem's experience in the playoffs.

4. How Often to Play Big

Chris Bosh Udonis Haslem Miami Heat
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4. How Often to Play Big

Chris Bosh Udonis Haslem Miami Heat
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The Heat have elected to play bigger lineups in the second half of the season, more frequently pairing Chris Bosh with another big. Miami has been able to use this approach without sacrificing offensive spacing because of Bosh's improved 3-point shot. Bosh is shooting just under 36 percent from three on the season. The Heat will likely stick with this lineup for long stretches in the playoffs, especially if they play Indiana.

3. Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis or Michael Beasley?

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3. Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis or Michael Beasley?

Shane Battier Miami Heat
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The Heat are counting on someone from the Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Michael Beasley trio to provide them quality minutes in the playoffs. All three have been inconsistent this season and have seen their respective playing time fluctuate greatly. While Battier has struggled mightily on offense this season, he provides veteran experience and superior defense to Lewis or Beasley. Miami will likely turn to Battier yet again this postseason.

2. Can Norris Cole Be Trusted When it Counts?

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2. Can Norris Cole Be Trusted When it Counts?

Norris Cole Miami Heat
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In Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, Norris Cole failed to register a single minute of playing time. This season, Cole has not shown much improvement in his game. He is averaging the same amount of points (6.8 per game) as he did his rookie season. Cole will likely see his current minutes average of 24.6 per game drastically reduced as the Heat progress through the playoffs.

1. How Many Minutes Can Dwyane Wade Play?

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1. How Many Minutes Can Dwyane Wade Play?

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Dwyane Wade has missed 22 games this season due to various ailments. Of greatest concern to the Heat are Wade's knees. Wade has followed a strict rest schedule this season, frequently sitting on the second night of back-to-back games. The Heat will benefit from having off-days in between each game during the playoffs, but they would also be smart to limit Wade's minutes in the first two rounds to around 30 per game.