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It's hard to envision the first quarter of the 2013-14 season going worse for Haslem than it has. He's played by far the worst basketball of his career, which has led to his change in role from key rotation player to benchwarmer.
In the 12 appearances he's made, Haslem isn't taking or making his once stellar mid-range jumper (he's 3-of-12 outside of nine feet away from the basket, according to NBA.com), he's looked slow on the defensive end and went from being the Heat's best rebounder (10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes in 2012-13) to an average rebounder (six per 36 minutes this season).
Haslem badly needs to crash the boards in the few minutes he gets here and there for him to have a shot at becoming relevant again on this team.
Roger Mason Jr.
Mason Jr. has seen the court a bit lately with Dwyane Wade needing a couple games off due to his knees, and the nine-year veteran has filled in decently.
He's not giving the Heat much more than an outside shot (1.0 RPG and .9 APG), but at least he is shooting the ball well. Mason Jr. has knocked down 11-of-23 attempts from beyond the arc (47.8 percent).
While the Heat ask little of Mason Jr., he deserves credit for coming in and hitting shots, sometimes with a week in between appearances.
As of late, Mason Jr. has replaced Jones as the extra guard to deploy in games when Wade is out, so playing time has come very sparingly for James lately. He's played just 19 minutes since Nov. 20.
Still, like Mason Jr., all that can be desired from Jones is that he hit shots, and the former Miami Hurricane has done that.
In the 58 minutes he's played over seven games, Jones has converted 8-of-16 three-pointers.
With Chris Andersen firmly entrenched as the backup center, Anthony has been rendered useless on this team. He's played just 30 minutes, made 1-of-4 shots and hauled down five rebounds.
Right now, Anthony is strictly a garbage-time player with no room for increased minutes without an injury to another Heat big man.