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Heat's Shane Battier, recently battling the flu, starts in win over Nets

By on 5/07/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets were in a close game at halftime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But the Heat pulled away in the second half for a comfortable 107-86 win. LeBron James lead all players with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Shane Battier was in the starting lineup for the Heat, having recently battled the flu.

scott mecum  via Wikimedia Commons reported prior to the game that Battier would replce Udonis Haslem in the starting lineup. Battier recently recovered from the flu and had eight points, two assists and a rebound in 26 minutes of action. The lineup move made sense to match up with the Nets, who started Paul Pierce at power forward.

It is uncertain whether Battier will start in Game 2 on Thursday. Much depends on what type of lineup the Nets employ, if they go with the small front court, or opt for a power approach.

Battier is a 13-year NBA veteran out of Duke who has played for the Grizzlies, Rockets and Heat. In 73 games this season, he averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Battier has career averages of 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 977 games.

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