Ronny Turiaf ready to help plug Heat holes

MIAMI - Newly acquired center Ronny Turiaf went through his first practice in Miami on Thursday and declared himself ready to fill whatever low-post role the Heat require.

"In my personal opinion," Turiaf said, "I think I can fit right in."

A seven-year veteran, Turiaf also said his broken left hand is "99.9 percent" healed, that he looks forward to playing near relatives in the Caribbean and that he hopes to help the Heat take the next step toward winning a championship this season.