Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (20) pushes off Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre (50) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden a Possibility to Play Game 3


The Miami Heat signed Greg Oden this past summer with the intention of using the former first-overall pick to match Indiana’s size. Oden’s comeback has been a slow one, but it seems as if he could contribute the way the Heat hoped.

Via an Associated Press report:

Oden is under consideration for some minutes after showing Heat coaches this week that weeks of problematic back issues may finally be over. 

“If coach needs me, I’m ready to play,” Oden said. “I’m definitely ready whenever he needs me.”

Miami has tinkered with its rotation in each of the first two games. The Heat did a better job defending Roy Hibbert in its win in Game 2, but are still looking for answers in what is a bad matchup.

I’m not so sure Oden is the answer. He played six bad minutes against Hibbert earlier this season. After missing five years, he is slow and not quite in playoff shape. He’s also not an offensive factor and kills Miami’s spacing.

Maybe he could be effective in [very] limited minutes, but the Heat are probably better off increasing the time that Chris Andersen and Chris Bosh spend on the floor together.

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