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For Heat reserves, there will be blood


08:08 AM ET 02.01 | Making it to the NBA is hard enough, let alone cracking the Heat lineup. When you're on the back end of one of the best rosters in the NBA, there are some qualities you must possess. Patience, for sure. Perspective. Initiative, too. ... Since early in the season, those on the fringe of the Heat's rotation have squared off in 2-on-2 half-court [pregame] skirmishes. ... Now the proceedings have expanded to 3-on-3, with [Dexter Pittman], Jarvis Varnado and Rashard Lewis taking on Mike Miller, James Jones and Chris Andersen. "If you watch it, we're not BS-ing out there, we're really going at each other," Pittman said. "Yesterday, I got a bloody nose. The other day, (Varnado) got a bloody mouth. J.J. said every day there's going to be bloodshed."

The Palm Beach Post

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February 1, 2013  09:06 AM ET

If the reserves are battling like that in practice you have to love it if you are the coach.

However the Heat would benefit if they started Birdman, Vanardo or Joel instead of Haslem. Haslem should be Bosh's sub. CB and UD should always play PF unless they go small with Lebron. And I don't know why he doesn't like playing Vanardo, how else is the kid going to get better if Spo won't play him.

I am not sure what Spo is doing with his line ups but I think he is wasting a lot of talent.

The only rotation he has correct is Rio and Cole. However Cole and Dwade should never be on the floor at the same time. Is Cole really 6'0 he looks like he is under 6ft?

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February 1, 2013  09:23 AM ET

The short Asian women round themselves up to 5 feet, just like short men everywhere who are in the upper 5 foot range round themselves up to 6 feet.

As a 6-footer I know what you mean.

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February 1, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Do You Want A Cookie, Bros?

February 1, 2013  11:35 AM ET

Practice is great but save the intensity for the actual games. It's a long season and the Big 3 are going to need some of you guys to step up and hit shots when it really matters.

Plus they don't get the glory when Heat win anyway... Wade & Bron must be laughing at their scrubs...

February 1, 2013  01:10 PM ET

Meh.....All this tells me is that riles brought in too many of the same older wing shooters, instead of making the roster more balanced

I agree with you but how does this thread back that up?

February 1, 2013  03:50 PM ET

Sounds like the right way to go about it as long as there are no hard feelings. I always figure if you want play you shoot, I shoot basketball, then find a seat and sit down. This just proves that the HEAT are hungry to repeat.

February 1, 2013  04:53 PM ET

We talking bout practice? Practice? Practice man?!

This thread is over.


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