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Monday, December 20, 2010
UT's Dexter Pittman returns to Miami

By Jeff Caplan

MIAMI -- Rookie Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman has returned from a three-week stint with the D-League Sioux Falls Skyforce. The former Texas Longhorn won't be active for tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks. That slot is reserved for Mike Miller's season debut.

Pittman played in eight games with the Skyforce and started all of them, averaging 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.63 blocks. In his last two D-League games, Pittman combined for 49 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks. Twice in the eight games he logged more than 40 minutes.

"It was invaluable," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Pittman's time away. "He was able to play minutes he had never played before. Even in high school he had never reached anywhere near 40 minutes in a game; understanding how to play through mistakes that a lot of times he wouldn't have had that opportunity here with us."