Heat resting up before return to East finals

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James missed a layup with 1:34 left in the first half on Thursday, his left leg crashing into a television cameraman sitting just beyond the baseline. He was shaken up and briefly tended to on the Heat bench, but played all but 28 seconds of the second half and insisted he was fine afterward. And Miller _ who has dealt with several injuries in his two Miami seasons _ makes running jokes about his health, not even acknowledging things hurt even though he’s taken to sitting on the floor during games of late to help stretch his back.

Miller had 10 points in the first five games of the series. His 12 on Thursday came on four 3-pointers, his specialty.

“It’s all about opportunity,” Miller said. “That’s what this team has right now, opportunity.”

The way they all see it, the job is only half done. Miami has eight postseason wins. It takes 16 to win an NBA title. So even though some aches and pains are there, it doesn’t change the goal.

“It’s a no-excuse season,” Spoelstra said, a familiar refrain for him in recent weeks. “And this is a no-excuse team.”


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