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Miami Heat’s Lineup Tweak Creates Options

SAN ANTONIO — For the second time in three years, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra changed his starting lineup during the middle of an NBA Finals. [1]

Spoelstra’s insertion of Mike Miller, and removal of Udonis Haslem, did not deliver a boost to start the game, and Miller ended up having his worst night of the series statistically (no points, 0-for-1 shooting in 21 minutes).

But the lineup decision certainly did not hurt the Heat, and everything ultimately worked out, largely because the Heat’s Big 3 played its best game collectively of the series; Tim Duncan was defended well even without Haslem on the floor to guard him to open the game; Miami’s defense was much more active; and because the Heat thrived playing small ball, forcing 19 turnovers and generating 14 fast-break points.

The lineup of Miller, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers — the one that started Thursday — outscored teams by 21 points in 53 minutes during the regular season and by nine points in 22 playoff minutes entering Game 4.

Source: Barry Jackson, Miami Herald [2]