NBA Playoffs: Can Memphis' Mike Miller reprise his role as Thunder killer?

In one of the most unlikely performances in NBA Finals history, Mike Miller shot the Thunder’s lights out, scoring 23 points and making seven of his eight 3s during a Game 5 blowout that sealed the Heat’s 2012 NBA Championship.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 18, 2014

The last time the Thunder saw Mike Miller in a playoff series, he was battered, bruised and nearly broken.

His back was shot. His ankle was hurting. His shoulder was aching. His thumb was surgically repaired.

But he couldn’t miss.

In one of the most unlikely performances in NBA Finals history, Miller shot the Thunder’s lights out, scoring 23 points and making seven of his eight 3s during a Game 5 blowout that sealed the Heat’s 2012 NBA Championship.

And minutes after putting the Thunder to sleep, hobbling down the court after each dagger three, an introspective Miller sounded like a guy facing his final NBA days. Retirement looked a lot more likely than career rejuvenation.

But two seasons later, Miller is healthier than ever. After spurning the Thunder in free agency this offseason for a return to Memphis, Miller played all 82 regular-season games for the first time since 2001, his rookie year in the league.

And for the second time in three seasons, he looks to rekindle his role as Thunder postseason killer.

Memphis has always given OKC issues with its bruising style of play. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph control the inside, while defensive pests roam around the perimeter.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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