This time around, it was a little easier for Miami Heat forward Shane Battier.

He faced his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies, Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena. There were few thoughts of nostalgia. Battier was signed by the Heat in the offseason after completing his second stint with the Grizzlies, making this reunion less special.

"It's strange," Battier said. "I was only there for two months. I didn't have time to develop the deep bonds on a team. The run in the playoffs was pretty special. I'll remember those guys for that. It was much stranger after I played there for five years. The first time around was much tougher."

Battier was drafted sixth overall by the Grizzlies in 2001. He spent five seasons there before being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2006. After five seasons in Houston, he returned to where he started. The Grizzlies acquired him after they lost Rudy Gay for the season.

Battier averaged 26.1 minutes and helped the Grizzlies secure a playoff spot, where they upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Memphis then took the Oklahoma City Thunder seven games in the second round.

"I know he will come over and say hello to me," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.

"I have a lot of respect for Shane. He's a true professional. He works at his craft. He comes in and does whatever it takes to win. If you watch the game and know what it takes to win, you'll know why Shane is out there playing."