Center set to become permanent Miami Heat starter

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The Miami Heat have been criticized in the recent past for fielding an undersized lineup which featured the lanky Chris Bosh as the starting center.

This has worked well for them in recent years, they have won two straight championship rings of course and could be well on their way to completing the 'three-peat'. 

But with the Indiana Pacers being their biggest threats in the East, Heat coach Eric Spoelstra looks set to make a change to the teams lineup.

The Pacers, with big men Roy Hibbert and now Andrew Bynum dominating the paint, pose a challenge that Miami at the moment simply cannot deal with if they were to meet in the post-season.

But Spoelstra is taking pre-emptive actions and looks set to stick injury-prone center Greg Oden in the starting lineup on a more permanent basis.

"When you have a big body like that under the paint, you can't take a body off of him. It's the old Shaq effect," Spoelstra said to the Sun Sentinel.

The coach went on to say that the way they played last year was in the past, and a team with Oden at center is the new blueprint for new opposition.

"I've stressed that to our team, that last year's blueprint was for last year," Spoelstra explained, "and the more we tried to pigeonhole ourselves into that blueprint, we might not be opening ourselves up to a more successful or necessary blueprint for this year, as the competition has changed.

A big problem however will be there ability to get the 7-footer up to full fitness and in shape to play major minutes deep in to the post-season.

The 26-year old is averaging just 8.9 minutes in the 19 games he played in this season with his scoring, rebounding, and blocking averages all down on his career marks.

It may take a while to get used to, but the Miami Heat may be about to change for good.

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