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Anthony takes demotion in stride

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--Removed from the starting lineup and now cast in a minimal-minute role, center Joel Anthony said he will adjust to whatever situation coach Erik Spoelstra places him in.

"I don't think it changes the way I play," he said. "I still have to go out there and play hard and do my job, regardless of the minutes. It's all about doing what I'm supposed to do whenever I'm on the court."

He said the only change to the approach is the minutes it is accomplished in -- he previously averaged 22:12 this season as a starter.

"I have to approach it the same way all the time. Nothing changes," he said. "The biggest thing is consistency, consistently bringing the right effort, regardless of when you're going in or how many minutes you get. It's just consistently bringing the right effort and energy to be able to help the team."

Anthony was not used at all in Friday's first half against the Grizzlies. He did, though, have a solid second half, finishing with seven points and six rebounds in 14:13.

--With the Heat scouting staff beginning to examine college prospects, an update on where the Heat stand with their future draft picks:

Despite dealing a series of first-round picks to the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers to complete the respective sign-and-trade deals for Chris Bosh and LeBron James in July 2010, the Heat maintain their first-round pick in this June's draft due to the Stepien Rule, which prohibits teams from trading future first-round picks in successive years.

The Heat's first-round pick last year went to the Raptors, which then, through a series of trades, was routed back to the Heat to utilize on Norris Cole. Cleveland has the opportunity to flip-flop first-round picks with the Heat in June (which they obviously won't do) and then most likely will get the Heat's first-round picks in 2013 and 2015, provided neither of those picks are among the first 10.

The Heat's second-round pick this June goes to the New Jersey Nets to complete the 2010 Chris Quinn salary dump.

"It was a disappointing performance and you have to give Memphis credit, they kicked our butt." -- Coach Erik Spoelstra, with Friday's loss snapping the Heat's 17-game home winning streak.

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