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Chris Andersen with the put-back dunk for the Heat (GIF)


The Miami Heat are engaged in an intriguing match-up with the Phoenix Suns tonight.

You read that right. A Tuesday night game between the Heat and the Suns is the subject of actual intrigue.

As the Heat try to hold up over the course of the long season, especially having played deep into the playoffs each of the last three seasons, they will rely more and more on role players.

Role players like Chris Andersen, affectionately known as the “Birdman.” And when he makes plays like this one, he deserves all of the “bird” and “flying” puns you can muster.

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The Heat, as always, are in need of competent big men. Depending on what action comes up between now and the trade deadline, that pressure might fall on Andersen once again.

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