Not all Florida Gators’ fans are Miami Heat fans, but it’s safe to say most Gators’ fans are fans of Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller.
Count me among those. It doesn’t matter much to me if the Heat win the NBA Championship or not. I’m not a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder either, but either team could win it all and my response would probably be “meh.” But I do wish success for Haslem and Miller. Unfortunately, game one didn’t go that way for either.
The Heat lost to the Thunder 105-94 in game one of the NBA Finals and both former Gators struggled offensively. To be fair, not much is expected on the offensive end from either these days, so this isn’t much of a shock.
Haslem went 2-for-6, scoring four points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Miller played 10 minutes, getting off only two shots and making just one. Both stat lines are common of the two lately.
Haslem hasn’t scored more than seven points since game four against the Boston Celtics, but is expected to be a force on the defensive end, which he typically is. Miller has only reached double-digits in points three times throughout this season’s playoffs and regularly gets less than 20 minutes of court time.
Haslem is still a vital part of the Heat rotation and Miller can be an important shooter. With Miami already down 1-0 in the series, the two may need to step up their offensive games if they hope to take home the trophy.