The Miami Heat need to make some adjustments for Game 2 against the Spurs and one of those adjustments might involve giving Udonis Haslem more minutes in Game 2 and beyond.
As Ira Winderman points out in the Sun-Sentinel, Haslem almost started Game 1 but will likely serve more of a situational role in the rest of the series than he will a starting one.
To be honest, I thought there was a chance Erik Spoelstra was going to start Haslem in Game 1 in place of Rashard Lewis for just that reason. But the reality is with all of Duncan’s early scoring, the Heat still held a late lead. And Lewis did catch the Spurs’ attention with his outside shooting. Still, I believe there is a situational place for Haslem in this series, and I think when Dwyane Wade spoke of going deeper in the Heat rotation, I think Haslem was who he had in mind.
Having Haslem start isn’t the worst idea in the world, but it’s a risky move to say the least. Then again, you can always sub him out of the lineup once the game begins and throw in whoever, but the fact of the matter remains that if Haslem is best suited to guard Duncan than he needs to do that as much as possible.
Duncan is a guy the Heat need to take out of games to the maximum effect, and if Haslem is that guy then he need minutes but Duncan isn’t an x-factor the entire game and keeping Haslem situational is a good route to go.