Many, including Erik Spoelstra at times, have presented this as an either-or proposition. If Mike Miller plays, James Jones sits. There are only so many minutes to divide among reserve perimeteroriented players on a Heat team that features two of the world's best starters at those positions. Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, for a third straight game, Spoelstra checked Miller and Jones onto the court together. And, far too late, they were out there again, during the stretch that the outcome was decided. With LeBron James triggering the offense and Dwyane Wade on the bench, Miller and Jones each made three-pointers during an 18-0 run that helped the Heat overcome a sluggish defensive start, and the ragtag Pistons, in a 100-94 victory. "Potent," Jones described the lineup. Let's start with promising. And let's start with the two reserves, rather than focusing on the starters - even as James, Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 66 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists. By now, you pretty much know what they're giving you. To beat teams far better than Detroit, however - even on a night that Rip Hamilton (27 points) found his 2004 form - the Heat must get some offensive production from its bench. Wednesday, the Heat got 22 points from Miller and Jones. They weren't lights out, making 5 of 12 three-pointers, but that shouldn't dim the enthusiasm. They weren't shy, even Miller, who has often been reluctant to fire. This is what the Heat needs its shooters to give its stars: "Daylight," Jones said. When they're threats, James, Wade and Bosh have the space to operate.
Mike Miller, James Jones help spark 18-0 run that finally puts away Pistons, 100-94
Palm Beach Post | Mar 24