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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 05/19/2011

NBA playoffs: Udonis Haslem delivers the Heat

Yes, Erik Spoelstra, what were you thinking? Udonis Haslem was right there on the bench, waiting to be a dagger for the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their series with the Chicago Bulls.

“He's an absolute championship warrior,” Spoelstra said after the Heat evened the series with a 85-75 victory. “What he did is remarkable. Now I question myself for not using him earlier.

“He's smart. He's tough. The image of a Miami Heat player is Udonis Haslem.”

Well, okay, maybe Spoelstra went a little far. Haslem had 13 points in the second half, but the dunks — of the thunderous variety — were huge bookends on a 10-0 run. Because of a foot injury that sidelined him most of the regular season, the first dunk was his first basket since Nov. 20.

“It’s kind of hard to be patient when you work so hard to get back,” Haslem said. “But I understand, we’ve had a formula that’s been working for us. My teammates have done a tremendous job of getting us to this point. So I just had to be patient.”

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