NBA Finals 2013: Mike Miller remains in starting lineup

Christian Petersen

Some wondered if Shane Battier would replace Miller for Game 6. That is not the case.

With the Miami Heat facing elimination from the 2013 NBA Finals on Tuesday night, head coach Erik Spoelstra has decided to stick with his most recent starting lineup combination. Mike Miller will continue to start along with Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Spoelstra inserted Miller into his starting lineup prior to Game 4 of the series with San Antonio in the hopes of shaking things up a bit on the offensive end. Miller went scoreless in Games 4 and 5, somehow only taking two shots over 46 minutes of play. Miami went 1-1 in the two games he started.

There was speculation that Shane Battier could start Game 6. Battier has played sparingly in the Finals, averaging just under 10 minutes a game. He logged a series-high 18 minutes in Game 5. After Manu Ginobili and Danny Green picked the Heat defense apart in Game 5, Battier's defensive ability will be needed off the bench as the team aims to force a decisive Game 7 in the series.

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