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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 2:15 pm  |  37 responses

Mike Miller Reportedly Could Start for the Miami Heat in Game 4


The Miami Heat are a desperate bunch heading into tonight’s must-win Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat’s coaching staff is considering replacing Udonis Haslem with Mike Miller in the starting lineup, according to ESPN: “Looking to jump-start a sluggish offense, Miami Heat coach Erik Spolestra is considering changing his starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals and inserting the hot-shooting Mike Miller, sources said Thursday. Miller is 10-of-11 shooting on 3-pointers in the Finals thus far and is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc in the postseason. He started 17 games in the regular season, mostly as a fill-in for Dwyane Wade when he was battling injuries, and the Heat were 13-4 in those games. Miller started Game 4 of the Heat’s series against the Milwaukee Bucks, a game the Heat won by 11 points. If Spoelstra decides to make the change with Miami trailing the San Antonio Spurs 2-1 in the best-of-seven Finals, Miller would likely replace Udonis Haslem in the starting lineup to give the Heat more shooters in an attempt to spread the floor. The Spurs have been successful in packing the paint over the series’ first three games and it has cramped the driving space for LeBron James and Wade.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Pop should respond by starting Tmac who then goes for 50 against Mike Miller.

  • LakeShow

    yes

  • Dfrance

    Get outrebounded 52-36, respond by taking one of your better rebounders out of the starting lineup. Sounds just like Spoelstra.

  • spit hot fiyah

    exactly my thought, and get smashed inside by duncan and splitter.

  • rkirby

    Start Mike Miller over Wade

  • LP @ThisisEther

    what a dream!?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    This is interesting. Guess Spo is ready to give his job to Doc Rivers

  • Conor

    Miller would actually improve their rebounding if he was implemented to replace Chalmers/Wade. He’s an underrated offensive rebounder.

  • Max

    Everybody knows Mike was a good rebounder.

  • neaorin

    The thing is, Haslem has done a poor job of rebounding throughout these playoffs (and a good chunk of the regular season).

  • Conor

    *is

    And evidently Dfrance doesn’t, or he would not have made that comment.

  • roscoe

    this means MIA has started waving the White Flag.

    It’s over… O – V – E – R.

    good night MIA

  • Dfrance

    Numbers wise yes, but I think he’s doing a decent job keeping Splitter off the boards.

  • Dfrance

    I know Mike is a good rebounder, for his position, and like you said, if he was replacing Chalmers or Wade then great. But you’re taking a big out to get him in there.

    Now LBJ has to match up with Splitter and I guess you put Miller on Kawhi, who has been rebounding like crazy. Can Miller keep him off the boards?

    It’s not so much about whether Mike will get rebounds, but can he continuously box Leonard out? It will be interesting to see if the trade off is worth it.

  • Dfrance

    You know, for a while I drank the “Spo is a good coach cuz he keeps the egos in check” koolaid, but I’ve come to realize, Miami wins in spite of Spo.

    When he actually has to coach, make subs, change gameplans etc… he’s average at best.

  • LakeShow

    100% agreed.
    It’s funny to watch people change their opinions cause of them winning a chip last season, but that was Bron being a beast and Wade and Bosh showing up when they needed too.
    He’s not terrible, but he is far from a top notch coach.

  • bike

    Somewhere, Pop is silently smiling to himself.

  • Conor

    HaHaHa

    My presumptuous bad, amigo

  • Max

    He said he’s a good rebounder for his position, which is true.
    And I need to see if he can still do it like he used to with his messed up back.

  • The Seed

    Miller was the one giving up open threes, I would start Battier, at least he flops and plays defense. Please Do IT, Spo.

  • EGOT

    Pulling for Miller to win Finals MVP.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    whether it’s the right move or not, they did it for LeBron to have more space on offense. Spoelstra really really doesn’t care about the rebounding battle. Miami has been proving that for 3 years.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s gone from awful to pretty good. ingame adjustments haven’t improved though. — but his pregame prep, system adjustments, and common rotation is pretty much elite. But as France said, once it comes to making those adjustments on the fly, he’s average. at best……very best.

  • Junior Taylor

    That I can agree with. Parker basically told his shooters (Green, Leonard, Neal and Bonner) that they are going to get countless wide-open looks from the 3pt line given the way MIA attacks the PnR. Spo has yet to adjust MIA’s defensive scheme and continues to employ the same scheme that burnt them in the ’11 Finals vs DAL.

  • Dfrance

    Was bored at work today, had a lot of time to comment. Lol

  • Dfrance

    I guess you’re right, and I suppose you cant cover all your bases all of the time.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I hope there is a shooting star tonight, I know what I am wishing for to happen in game five.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    With James moved to center, can we just call Lebron James “Karmasutra”? He just plays every f*cking position.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Completely agree. I said in season 1 of the big three era that if you give a child a Ferrari, chances are he’ll crash it. That’s how I felt about Spo. He’s grown as a coach but I don’t think he’s anywhere near the caliber of coach it takes to build a dynasty with.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    I’m guilty of that. I thought he did a masterful job of motivating his team against the Pacers and Boston last season but I think I just gave him too much credit.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Somehow (Dwyane Wade) they won the rebounding battle tonight lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I think it’s a big reason why Miami wins so dominantly after losses. Spoelstra recognizes stuff, it just takes him a night with film.

  • Max

    Lebron doesn’t play center.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Come again?

  • Bandwagonfan

    The starting lineup announcement, hes at center

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    But he was listed as a center during the lineup announcement, even though he really doesn’t play one.
    Please let me have this one, just for the sake of having the excuse to call him “Karmasutra”.

  • Max

    Haha ok.

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