Miller time

Published On: Jan 17 2012 10:13:43 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 17 2012 10:15:49 PM EST

Wow.  That's all I can say about the Heat's 2nd half explosion against the San Antonio Spurs.  Miami outscored the Spurs 71-35 in the final 24 minutes of the game, and Mike Miller sparked part of that in his first game of the season.

Miller had missed all 12 games this season while recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery.  I saw Miller pre-game and he couldn't miss a shot in warm-ups.  Clearly, that continued into the game.  Miller said the soreness in his abdomen is now gone, and he was ready to contribute.  I'd say he was right.

Miller's big night came at the perfect time, since the Heat were without an injured Dwyane Wade.  While Wade rested his ankle, Miller came off the bench to go 6-6 from 3-point range.  His 18 point performance was a much needed positive for a team that had lost 3 straight games.

Couple that with LeBron James and Chris Bosh both hitting the 30-point mark, and it's clear all is good in Heat-land again.  A healthy Miller will make Miami even more dangerous as the season continues.

The Heat is now 4-0 without Wade in the line-up, so while we hope Wade gets well soon, I think they sent him a clear message tonight:  we'll be fine until you get back.

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