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Not so much with the Mike Miller and the returning by Christmas

Dec 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

Mike Miller had hopes of returning by Christmas in order to try and help the Heat with the Lakers. Even with the Heat playing better, there’s a significant need for Miller to get back on the floor. He’s a more reliable shooter, ball-handler, and defender than James Jones or Eddie House, and when the Heat was first constructed, Miller was to play a pivotal role as the fourth best offensive option. He’s designed as the end-point if you commit to the Big 3 (or as it seems to be more and more, the Big 2). There was talk that he could make it back by then.

Yeah, not so much.

Erik Spoelstra told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that even though Miller’s able to get back on the floor now with his thumb healing, there’s a huge difference  between that and being in game condition.

Miller has been out since the preseason with a thumb injury.”Whenever hes cleared for contact, hell need to get into game condition and speed and tempo of the competition,” Spoelstra said. “So I think hes still a ways away before he could actually take some contact on it. But if you saw him working out, you would think, and he would tell you, that hes ready to go. But hes not yet.”

via Miami Heat: Mike Miller, Dexter Pittman will be away from Miami Heat for a while longer – South Florida

Not having Miller means that Christmas is going to be even less the game we thought it would be, and even with the Heat’s improvement, it’s hard to see this being all that competitive. The Lakers have struggled in games they don’t care about. They’ll care about the Heat. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the Heat at anything close to full-strength (minus Haslem).

  1. btanner17 - Dec 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    dude you really think the christmas game is going to be an LA blowout? There is no logical argument for that; LA is 1 game ahead, just lost to Chicago, just lost 4 straight…Miami is playing on another level, 7 straight by 10+ points, about to be 8 straight tonight. All I’m saying is Miami is clearly playing better than LA right now, and there is no way the game won’t be close and hard-fought by both sides. Stop the Lebron hatred, it’s getting (no it’s been) old

    • mustbenugs - Dec 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM

      Miami is whooping crappy teams and you think your argument is valid? It’s not LeBron hatred, it’s HYPE-Hatred. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh hyped themselves up so much they deserve it.

      I like how it’s only the LeBron fans defending the “king”. But Wade and Bosh fans aren’t saying anything!

      • btanner17 - Dec 12, 2010 at 12:45 AM

        but ignoring the hype and just looking at basketball, they have been playing really really well the past 8 games, and somehow miami doesn’t have a chance against the lakers? I’m a Lebron Wade and Bosh fan. lol.

      • hnirobert3 - Dec 13, 2010 at 8:36 AM

        I didn’t realize the Jazz were crappy.

  2. montebellosteamheads - Dec 12, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    btanner17, I hope that it is a fun game. With Bynum back in the lineup this Tuesday, he will have some time polish off the rust and this is where will see if the Heat can handle the Heat in the paint!

  3. montebellosteamheads - Dec 12, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    btanner, I feel you brother.. Cause I am a fan of the Mamba and his 7 foot Anacondas!!! But I just need a SG and SF in my fantasy basketball team so, I am hoping your boy Miller comes back soon. lol

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