Granted, the Birdman-Bosh pairing came in handy several times last season, but it certainly was curious that it was unveiled this season on the eve of Tuesday's first matchup between the Heat and Indiana Pacers.
"I like it," Spoelstra said, as he looked ahead of Tuesday's meeting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I feel confident going with whatever rotation, and that's part of our strength with this roster, is we have versatility, so we can play different lineups that give you different looks, that we can speed you up a little bit defensively, we can spread you out, but sometimes we can play a little bit more big muscle and still get to our game."
"We haven't gone to that this year, but we have done it in practice, we've done it last year," Spoelstra said of Bosh-Bird. "The guys feel comfortable with that unit, so, you know, depending on the game, we'll go to it again and I have no problem with it."
Both Andersen and Bosh were quick to recognize that Sunday was the season debut of the pairing, which became necessary due to early foul trouble for starting power forward Shane Battier.
"We try to play well together, just like me and Shane playing together," Andersen said.
Bosh hopes there now will be more of the same, with the alignment allowing him to be more at ease on the perimeter.
"I think it's good," he said. "I mean, that's a part of a reason why this team is good, because we can give a bunch of different looks. I know pretty much every position on the floor, so as long as I'm there, we can work off of each other.
"Bird's an excellent rim-runner. He opens the floor up more than he knows. And it's just something I do naturally is shoot the ball, score. It's not much of an adjustment for me."
Although the Heat were outrebounded 43-34 Sunday against the Pistons, Spoelstra said it was another step forward after being pummeled on the boards in losses last week to Detroit and the Chicago Bulls.
"The last two games, we think we've done better," he said. "At least we're more competitive in the paint, and that's a positive step forward."
No sooner was Heat forward LeBron James called for a rebounding foul late in the first quarter of Saturday's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves then he pleaded to the officials for an explanation.
He got one Monday, when the NBA cited Corey Brewer for a flop on the scramble for the carom of a Ray Allen missed 3-pointer. Because it was Brewer's second flopping violation of the season, he was fined $5,000.
Spoelstra went out of his way to point out the solid performance Sunday from seldom-used guard Roger Mason Jr., who closed with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes Sunday against the Pistons.
"Roger really stepped up," Spoelstra said. "He was aggressive for two nights in a row. It's tough to find guys in this league that can fill that role, where some nights he's in a suit, some nights he's called upon to play 20 minutes and produce.
"A veteran guy, has confidence has experience, but he's embraced it wholeheartedly. That's really nice to see this day and age."
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