Feb 18, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (20) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Spoelstra Says Greg Oden Is Getting Closer to Returning

The Miami Heat are trying to figure out their rotations against the Indiana Pacers as it seems they were stifled a bit in Game 1 on Sunday night. But while the Big 3 — technically the Big 2, since Chris Bosh was a ghost — tried to do all they could to win the game there were notable pieces missing that maybe could have helped.

It’s not a guarantee that Greg Oden would have helped the Heat, but not having him active wasn’t a good way to find out. Thanks to linger injuries, Oden was ruled out yet again for the Heat but head coach Erik Spoelstra said that the team expects to possibly see Oden back this week.

Per the Sun-Sentinel:

 “He’s feeling much better, and now he’s finally getting back to the workload that he’s been doing before. . . . He’s just been able to really get his workload back up to where it was before he got hurt.”

Oden may not be a complete game changer for the Heat, but his height will no doubt help and anything is an improvement over whatever you call Chris Bosh’s rebounding in Game 1. He may not be back for Game 2, but it sounds like Oden will indeed be back at some point this series and when that happens we will get to see if signing him this past summer will payoff or just keep the Heat in this funk.

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