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Heat's much-maligned bench earned home-court advantage (PER Diem: May 31, 2011)

Originally Published: May 31, 2011
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Udonis & MillerMarc Serota/Getty ImagesUdonis Haslem and Mike Miller have been two of the stars off the bench for the Heat in the playoffs.

MIAMI -- In a repeat NBA Finals full of subtle ironies, here's one that isn't getting enough attention: The Miami Heat, a team with one of the most ineffective benches in league annals, may nonetheless have its reserves to thank for its upper hand in these NBA Finals.