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Mike Miller will start Game 4 for Heat
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 13, 2013 @ 10:20 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to create more space on the offensive end for LeBron James, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra inserted forward Mike Miller into the starting lineup in place of forward Udonis Haslem for Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
Miller, who barely played in the first three rounds of the postseason, is 11-for-15 on three-pointers in his last five games, including 10-for-11 against the Spurs in through three games of the Finals.
“It opens up the floor,” James said. “If Spo decides to put a shooter out there, it opens up the floor. It gives me more driving lanes and it gives D-Wade more driving lanes, so we’ll see what happens.”
The Heat are clearly better in this series with Miller on the floor. Miami is a team-best plus-26 points with Miller on the floor in 58 minutes against the Spurs and a team-worst minus-47 with him off in 86 miuntes, according to nba.com/stats.
Spoelstra declined to reveal his starting lineup in his pregame availability with news reporters about 90 minutes before tip-off.
“My phone has been texting off the hook,” Spoelstra said. Everywhere I go I the arena, everybody is asking me about the lineup. I guess you guys know something I don’t.”
But he said change is always possible.
“Any decision is tough. That’s part of this seat,” he said. “We’ve developed enough trust that the guys understand I’ll make any decision that we feel is necessary to help us without hesitation because there isn’t time. So it’s not personal whenever we do it. When you’re dealing with the human element, those things are never easy.”
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