May 24, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) reacts against the Indiana Pacers in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Should Rashard Lewis Start for Heat in Game 4?

The Miami Heat have adjusted its front court rotations in each of the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals, looking to find the best way to limit Pacers center Roy Hibbert. After posting a stat line of 0 points, 0 rebounds and 0 assists but with a plus/minus of plus-21, Rashard Lewis remains a possibility to start along Chris Bosh.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that injecting Chris Andersen into the starting lineup could hinder Miami’s advantage over Indiana’s second unit, but playing Lewis could be an interesting move.

“However . . . there could be one intriguing one left, starting Rashard Lewis instead of Udonis Haslem, which would allow the Heat to stretch the Pacers’ defense, while also providing added height. Yet Haslem has helped limit Hibbert’s rebounding, so expect Spoelstra to keep things as is in light of the 2-1 series lead and two-game winning streak with Haslem starting.”

Lewis is on Spoelstra’s radar now, after playing very strong defense and helping Miami go on a run in Game 3 to help them take their first lead in the Eastern Conference finals series.

Should Lewis get the start, it would likely pin Bosh on Hibbert. Bosh has fared much better against David West, not to mention that Udonis Haslem has done a decent job slowing Hibbert down and keeping him out of the paint on the catch. For this reason, Haslem is still the better start. But playing Lewis along with Chris Andersen in second-unit doses is probably the better move, especially when Bosh is struggling.

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