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News » Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-12-12

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-12-12

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-12-12--F Udonis Haslem had an enormous game off the bench Friday, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Haslem made nine of 10 shots from the field.

--In addition to C Jermaine O'Neal, F Shavlik Randolph and G Chris Quinn also were inactive Friday.

Quinn has yet to make it to the active roster this season, despite being listed as fully recovered from a sprained right ankle since Nov. 14.

"He's still in my consciousness," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I talked to him the other day and told him I know he's a professional and that he'll keep himself ready. Everybody will get their opportunity at some point."

Instead, Spoelstra has stayed with G Carlos Arroyo on the active list, even while sharply reducing Arroyo's minutes in recent games.

"I don't see a need right now to shake it up and give him (Quinn) his opportunity," Spoelstra said. "But he's playing well in practice. He's healthy. He's 100 percent ready to go."

--Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said the staff has found nothing structurally wrong with the shooting stroke of reserve G Daequan Cook, who has been in a season-long slump and has been marginalized in the rotation.

"No, and we've looked at it," he said. "He's playing well in practice. And the last two practices, he shot the ball well. But he competed, as well. He just has to keep on doing that and he'll get his opportunity again. Right now, a lot of those minutes are going to Dorell (Wright)."

--The first release of balloting results for the Feb. 14 NBA All-Star Game somewhat surprisingly has Dwyane Wade leading all Eastern Conference players in votes, and second in the league only to Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Wade's 672,227 votes rank even ahead of LeBron James' 649,327 in the East, with Bryant topping the league with his 692,518.

The only other Heat players to rank among the top 10 at their positions are Michael Beasley, who ranks eighth among Eastern Conference forwards with 58,461 votes, and Jermaine O'Neal, who ranks seventh among Eastern Conference centers at 38,956 votes.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm learning from situations like this. He's just a great player. There isn't a whole lot you can do. He's seven foot and has an eight-foot wingspan. It's kind of hard to even contest that shot." -- F Michael Beasley, on facing Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki for the first time as a starter.

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