The saying goes ‘Third time’s the charm.’
So far it’s looking to be true for Mike Miller in his third season playing for the Miami Heat.
When the Summer of 2010 hit its climax for the NBA in the decision of LeBron James to join the Heat and form the ‘Big 3′ along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miller joined in as well. He became part of what was called the ‘Other 3′ with Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony was supposed to be the team’s primary three point threat off the bench. Over the last two seasons it hasn’t worked out according to plan.
Miller’s health has stood in the way early on each season. Before the 2010-11 season a thumb injury kept him from suiting up on Opening Night. Before last season it was a sports hernia that kept him away. Along the way over those seasons various other injuries to Miller’s ankles, hands, shoulders, and back have made seeing him on the court look like a tortured experience.
This season so far has been different.
Miller was in uniform to start the season but his role has changed. His initial role as the primary three point threat from the bench has since been given to at first Shane Battier in 2011 and then Ray Allen this season. He doesn’t hold his back in pain after running down the court. He’s shooting well from beyond the arc and is making the hustle plays. That has worked out well for Miller as he has started when Wade hasn’t been able to play. That was a scenario that was initially thought to be for Allen.
Miller is finally healthy, and he’s letting it fly. Just like the Heat envisioned.