Mike Miller's Game 7 Performance Was Unexpected, And He Knows It

Mike Miller was an afterthought during the first four games of the NBA Finals. Struggling with injuries, Miller played in just 21 minutes prior to Game 5, with many writing him off as washed up.

Then came Game 5 and Miller's sudden and unexpected revival. He scored 23 points in the clinching effort and made seven of his eight three-point attempts. After the game, Miller acknowledged his unexpected contribution.

"I'm just glad they didn't take me out back to the barn and put me down," Miller said in the postgame press conference.

When he signed in Miami, Miller was seen as a key contributor to assist the Heat's newly-formed big three. While he may not have performed as some thought he would, Miller came up huge when the Heat needed him most. For his reward, the former Florida Gator gets a championship ring and a trip to the doctor's office.

"I try not to see doctors anymore, but now I'm going to have to," Miller said.

For more on the Heat, head over to Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For Thunder news and notes, visit Welcome To Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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