Another Heat goes down

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Maybe we should call them the Miami Hurt.

The Heat, expected to run roughshod on the NBA thanks to its star-laden roster, instead, has had a difficult time adapting to all the new faces and has been besieged by injuries.

The latest major injury was suffered by reliable big man Udonis Haslem, the club's leading rebounder and best defender.

Haslem was expected to undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his left foot as soon as Monday and will be out until early January -- at best -- and more likely until February or March.

Aside from a 49-game season in 2007-08, Haslem had been extremely durable, missing about four games a year over his first seven in the league.

Miami has been without its top shooter, Mike Miller, all season and he won't be back until at least Christmas Day.

Star swingman Dwyane Wade is day-to-day with a sprained wrist.

It is expected the Heat will consider resuming talks with centre Erick Dampier. Miami declined to sign Dampier in October and a number of other teams have expressed interest in the once-formidable rebounder and shot-blocker since then.

Dampier averaged 6.0 points and 7.3 rebounds a season ago and would be a good fit backing up 35-year-old centre Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Expected starter Joel Anthony, of Montreal, has disappointed and Toronto's Jamaal Magloire is a non-factor at this point of his career.

With Miller out another month or so, Miami might also consider adding sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic -- acquired by Toronto on Saturday -- if the Raptors decide to buy him out.

BARGNANI BREAKS OUT

Raptors 7-footer Andrea Bargnani might not do a lot of things centres are traditionally known for -- like rebounding and being a defensive presence in the middle--but he sure can do one thing better than most pivots, and that is score.

Faster and more nimble than all but a few men his height, Bargnani joined some elite company thanks to his 29-point performance in Toronto's win over Boston on Sunday.

According to ESPN via the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous starting centre to score at least 85 points over three consecutive games won by his team was Pau Gasol of the Lakers in February 2009.

In the 16-season history of the Raptors' franchise, only one other centre has managed to score that many over three games, win or lose. Long-forgotten centre Acie Earl put up 91 points in the final month of the 1995-96 season.

AROUND THE RIM

Cleveland forward Antawn Jamison was not happy coming off the bench earlier in the season but is OK with it now, saying he shouldn't be "pouting like a little kid." ... Former Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn, expected to be the starter in Minnesota, is taking longer than expected to come back from hip surgery. The speedy Flynn, expected to be back in the lineup by now, says he is holding back for fear of further injuring himself ... Chauncey Billups has expressed interest in joining the front office of his hometown Denver Nuggets once his playing career is over. Billups would like to retire with the Nuggets, but if the team rebuilds after doing the expected and moving star Carmelo Anthony this season, Billups would become a valuable chip on the trading block ... Pacers point guard Darren Collison was expected to return to the starting lineup on Monday against Miami. Collison had missed time with an ankle injury, allowing T.J. Ford to come out of mothballs as a starter ... Memphis benched stars O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph on Saturday against the Heat because they arrived late for shootaround. The duo sat out the entire first quarter before coming in later ... Allen Iverson managed just two points in his Turkish league debut -- a loss -- on Sunday.

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