When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen sit out, other players have to step up and provide the fans with a night’s worth of entertainment. Miller did just that, as he put his talents on display on national television, dropping 26 points and knocking down seven three-pointers on the poor Bobcats.
A couple of weeks ago, when Miami was streaking and the Big Three were putting on a show on a nightly basis, it was not too crazy of an idea to pick up yesterday’s matchup for national television. Fast-forward to Apr. 5 and it all of a sudden seemed pretty mad.
So what did we learn from last night’s game? Not much really. We already knew that Charlotte is pretty bad, a fact that was further solidified with yet another home loss to the short-handed reigning NBA champions. Miami buckled down on defense and allowed just 34 points in the second half, holding Gerald Henderson to just 2-16 shooting on the night.
Neither team had much to play for. The game did not have any kind of playoff implications, lacked star power and was generally not a pretty contest to watch. The lone bright spot was Miller, who continues to make his case for a rotation spot. It is not just Miller’s three-point shooting that makes him worthy of playoff minutes. He is looking healthy and has shown his versatility. In his last four games, Miller is putting up 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
We can all remain hopeful that James and Wade will come back and play some more irrelevant games, but if not we always have Mike.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter: @VytisLasaitis