With the Miami Heat struggling on defense, Erik Spoelstra has reinserted Joel Anthony into the rotation.

“[Anthony] is a big part of our defense,” Spoelstra said. “If you play him in bursts like that, you see his speed and athleticism.

“He is a game-changer in short minutes. He has really done a good job in the last two games. I have been trying to find a way to break him into the rotation and I have been able to do it the last two games.”

“We need him,” LeBron James said of Anthony. “He is one of our anchors to our defense, especially in our back line.

“When guys drive past us, he is able to clean up a lot of what we have on the perimeter. To have him back in the rotation was a good thing for our team.”