Udonis Haslem? This Miami Heat reserve forward's name sounds like that of some strangely combined Greek-Muslim deity. His first name reminds one of Adonis, the Greek god of youth and manly beauty. Udonis sounds like some Herculean model for a high-energy, muscle-building food supplement. His return to action might be the turning point in the Eastern Conference finals. He already has been revered as the main reason the Heat beat the Bulls 85-75 on Wednesday to even the series 1-1. Haslem, who missed 69 regular-season games with a foot injury and had played only nine minutes in the playoffs, came off the bench to contribute 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot, a steal and tremendous energy. The 6-8, 235-pounder might have become the Heat's new sixth man. He might even replace 6-9, 245-pound center Joel Anthony in the starting lineup and tempt coach Erik Spoelstra to make the 6-10, 235-pound Chris Bosh a high-post center. That could push Bulls center Joakim Noah (6-11, 232 pounds) out of the box to contest Bosh's perimeter jumpers. In short, the Bulls' task of advancing to the NBA Finals suddenly has become a mightier one.
Heat's Udonis Haslem might turn tide in series
Chicago Sun-Times | May 21