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Heat’s Mike Miller leaves arena in sling with shoulder injury

Jun 1, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami Reuters

They say it’s not that bad, but any time a key cog for a team leaves the arena wearing a sling you have to wonder.

Mike Miller aggravated a left shoulder or arm injury late in the Game 1 Miami win and left the arena wearing a sling, according to multiple reports. He first tweaked it in the Chicago series then re-injured it with about four minutes left in Game 1 when he used his arm to hold off Tyson Chandler to get a rebound (a very good play, by the way). He left the game and did not return.

Erik Spoelstra played it down in his press conference, almost blowing the question off and saying that Miller had no real problem. Miller himself said he was fine, according to a tweet from ESPN reporter Ric Bucher.

If it were actually nothing, he would not have been wearing a sling. This is something to watch.

Miller does a great job spacing the floor for Miami — he was 2-of-4 from three for six points in the game. But the Heat can get long-range shooting from James Jones at the same position. What Miller does much better is defend and rebound. The Heat would be a lesser team without Miller.

  1. coltsfanindc - Jun 1, 2011 at 6:01 AM

    Damn! Damn! Damn! hope Hez able to play thru it

  2. hnirobert3 - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    I hope Mike’s alright. If not, at least James Jones can step in. He’s been a more consistent three point shooter this season, so it wouldn’t be a total loss.

    • r0llinginthedeep - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:21 AM

      From 3 it wouldn’t be a loss, but everywhere else it would be. Miller has been terrific at rebounding and defense, doing all the little things and is more of a handful on offense. He’d be sorely missed.

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