Q: Ira, I know Mike Miller said he will be ready to go, but he always says that. Can the Heat count on him? Do they even need him? -- Ed.

A: Mike was pretty good about that in our conversation, understanding that only seeing will be believing, and that his rehabilitation work will have to be ongoing. To a degree, Mike is like almost everyone on the roster, merely hoping to maintain their health and conditioning for the playoffs. So can the Heat count on him? The beauty is that with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, they won't have to count on him, that whatever he delivers will be a bonus. Do they need him? If he can re-create what he offered in Game 5 of the Finals, who wouldn't need that for at least one postseason game? He's upright (mostly) and walking. That's a start.