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Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra being cautious with Mike Miller’s playing time
Mike Miller is feeling better than he has since signing with the Heat, but it is not translating into playing time.
Once the Heat’s entrenched sixth man and the team’s best outside scoring threat, Miller is now 10th in playing time and averaging less than 14 minutes per game.
He is shooting 41.7 percent (10 of 24) from three-point range, which is good for fifth on the team among players with at least 20 attempts.
Stunningly, the Heat is shooting 43 percent from three-point range as a team.
“He’ll have to constantly manage the big-picture thought with his role,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Spoelstra said he is being cautious with Miller, considering his history of injuries. Miller’s body broke down last season, and he hobbled through the playoffs with a sore back.
As it stands now, Miller is behind Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis in the rotation. For the second game in a row, Lewis started for the Heat on Saturday night in place of Shane Battier, who has a strained right MCL.
“Right now, every game is important, but with Mike we also have to think a little bit differently,” Spoelstra said.
“Given the history of the last two years, we have to have an organized program for him to make sure that he’s strongest and healthiest at the end of the year.
BY JOSEPH GOODMAN