Heat’s Haslem sits out practice Friday just as precaution


Udonis Haslem, the man off the bench that helped change the Heat’s fortunes in Game 2 and even the series, sat out practice Friday because of his surgically repaired foot.

Relax Heat fans, it’s just precautionary. Deep breathes.

Haslem stayed out of running drills, according to a tweet from our man Ira Winderman with the Sun-Sentinel. If there had been a game tonight Haslem could have gone, but with time off until Sunday he got some rest.

He told 790 The Ticket in Miami he is feeling just fine (via Sports Radio Interviews).

“I feel pretty good. My foot’s feeling pretty good. I’ve just got to tip my hat to the training staff. … So far, everything’s going the way we planned it.”

Haslem played 23 minutes against the Bulls in Game 2 and provided the toughness and rebounding they needed. Not to mention a block on Derrick Rose, a few points and one emphatic dunk. He was a game changer.

The Heat need him to be again on Sunday for Game 3, so he got to rest on Friday.