Haslem delivers at ideal time for Heat _ again

By TIM REYNOLDS | May 19, 2011 | 11:58 AM EDT

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, foreground left, redirects the shot of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, foreground center, as Heat's Dwyane Wade, foreground right, watches during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals basketball series on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Chicago. The Heat won 85-75. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)

MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem proved why LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh thought he was a good investment.

He was one of the reasons why Wade insisted the three Miami Heat superstars leave some money on the table last summer. If they had not done so, Haslem would not be with the Heat right now.

And that means, they would likely be in big trouble in the Eastern Conference finals.

Playing extended minutes for the first time in nearly six months because of a foot injury, Haslem simply willed the Heat past the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of the East title series. Haslem scored 13 points off the bench, and was the only Miami player to score for nearly a 12-minute stretch of the second half.

Game 3 is Sunday night in Miami.