Thursday, May 17, 2012
Heat juggle lineup for Game 3
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Miami Heat have dramatically juggled their lineup for Game 3 against Indiana.
Forward Shane Battier and seldom-used center Dexter Pittman were added to the starting five, joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.
Coach Erik Spoelstra has been forced to try new things with star power forward Chris Bosh out with an abdominal strain and likely to miss the remainder of the conference semifinal series against the Pacers.
Battier started at small forward over struggling Udonis Haslem, and Pittman moved in for Ronny Turiaf, who started Game 2.
Before the game, Spoelstra said with Bosh out "everything is on the table."
Haslem is just 2 of 9 in the first two games. Pittman didn't play in the first two games of the series.