NBA Finals 2013: Heat to start Mike Miller over Udonis Haslem

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Miller has shot the ball very well in the Finals, going 9-for-10 from deep.

With the Miami Heat looking to avoid a 3-1 series deficit on Wednesday night, head coach Erik Spoelstra has altered his starting lineup for Game 4. Sharpshooter Mike Miller will replace center Udonis Haslem to begin the game.

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Haslem has been largely ineffective since breaking out for 16 points in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging just two points per game in his last five contests. Miller, on the other hand, has provided a spark for the Heat off the bench against San Antonio, going 9-for-10 from behind the three-point arc in the series. He scored 15 points in Game 3.

Even with Haslem beginning Game 4 on the bench, the veteran center should still see substantial playing time. Chris Bosh will be the lone big man on the defensive end for Miami to begin the game; it will be interesting to see if the Spurs place an emphasis on getting to the rim with a weaker defensive presence in the paint, especially with Haslem and Chris Andersen on the bench.

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