For the first time since late-November foot surgery, power forward Udonis Haslem has returned to the Miami Heat active roster.
Haslem was one of 12 active players submitted by coach Erik Spoelstra the required one hour prior to the opening tip of Monday night’s Game 4 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics.
“I’m just excited to be back in uniform,” said Haslem, who received no assurances of playing time, “and to be back with the guys.”
Haslem spoke as his surgical left foot soaked in an ice bucket.
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He was informed of his activation after Monday morning’s shootaround.
“I had a good week last week,” he said of his rehabilitation. “Last week was encouraging.
“I pushed pretty hard.”
He said he expected to be limited to short bursts initially.
“I’m in pretty good shape, though,” he said.
With his game uniform hanging behind him for the first time since the opening month of the season, he said, “I’m not nervous, I’m more anxious.”
He said he was told his rehab would require about six months, which proved to be the case.
“I was smart about it,” he said. “I thought we were smart about it.”
It was the first time Haslem and University of Florida roommate Mike Miller were active for the same game, with Miller missing the start of the season due to a preseason thumb injury.
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