An Early Look at Possible Miami Heat Reserve Rotations

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Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat guard

Ray Allen

(left) and Phoenix Suns guard

Leandro Barbosa

at the US Airways Center. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3rd Substitution:  James Ennis in for Deng

Lineup on the Floor: Cole or Barbosa/Granger/Ennis/Bosh/Andersen

Notes: Let’s call this Miami’s most explosive lineup. Ennis is tantalizing, expected to fill the void of athleticism vacated by James’ departure. The Australian Basketball League’s MVP, has ridiculous leaping ability and streaky shooting but his ball-handling seems suspect. Given that Granger may not be capable of bringing the ball down with any regularity, there could be some turnovers with this particular unit on the floor.

Possible caveat: If Ennis isn’t ready to make the transition to this level and if Barbosa comes on board, a lineup of Cole/Barbosa/Granger/Bosh/Andersen could see the floor. Positives include speed and shooting in the backcourt and some length with Granger/Bosh/Andersen in a traditional lineup.