Mike Miller down but the Heat are not out

Mike Miller will be missing some time with an injured thumb but the Heat still have options.

Very rarely does an injury help clear up things for a team but we may be seeing that in Miami right now.

The Heat could be without shooting guard Mike Miller for several weeks due to a thumb injury he sustained during practice on Wednesday.  According to head coach Erik Spoelstra, he injured his thumb in a “freak accident” during drills and the team is awaiting his MRI results.

The Heat, which are no strangers to injury this preseason, are going to miss the sharp shooter but are not without options.  Dwyane Wade has shown that he has the ability to run the point in past seasons and Eddie House could have the opportunity to shine in Miller’s absence.  However, House is known more for his ability to score than create plays.  With just 1.3 assists per game last season, Pat Riley and Spoelstra have to know this.

In addition, Miami has Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo who both aren’t ideal candidates for the job but with the lineup they have in South Beach, anyone could easily run the point.

The situation will most likely lead to a mixed rotation of both Wade and LeBron James bringing the ball up the court.  The Cavaliers toyed with James at the one position for some time before opting to bring in Mo Williams to open LBJ on more scoring.  This seems like the most viable option for the Heat right now.

Missing Miller will hurt but it will definitely allow Spoelstra time to work out a good rotation.  When he returns from injury, it will be easy to fit him into any system they develop since he has such a diverse game and attitude that could lend to him playing limited minutes off of the bench.  The roster is so deep right now that it may allow a little ease on how to play the team appropriately.

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