NBA Finals 2011: Should Miami Heat Start Udonis Haslem Against Dallas Mavericks?

NBA Finals 2011: Should Miami Heat Start Udonis Haslem Against Dallas Mavericks?

Despite the fact that the Miami Heat have continued to bring Udonis Haslem off of the bench, it’s clear that the team is at their best with him on the floor.

When he played nearly 30 minutes in Game 1, it’s clear that he was going to be a major part of the Miami game plan for the entire series, which begs the question of whether or not he should be inserted into the starting five.

Should Haslem transition into a starting role, Joel Anthony would land on the bench and Chris Bosh would slide over to the center position, where he’s been less than successful in the past.

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Haslem’s court presence is critical to the Heat’s continued success, and even though he logged major minutes in the first game, I can’t make an argument for him starting moving forward.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Why would Erik Spoelstra remove Joel Anthony from the lineup at this point with the team playing so well? Whether or not Haslem starts, he’s going to get his burn.

So while there are probably a large portion of people clamoring to see Haslem on the court when the opening tip gets underway, they won’t have to wait long to see him make his first appearance off of the bench.

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