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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

/articleid/4083300/1/pictures/2482671">Photo - FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller watches the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Memphis, Tenn. Miller turned into Memphis' iron man as the only player on the roster to play in all 82 games, helping them reach the playoffs. Now his 3-point shooting will be key in the first round against Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller watches the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Memphis, Tenn. Miller turned into Memphis' iron man as the only player on the roster to play in all 82 games, helping them reach the playoffs. Now his 3-point shooting will be key in the first round against Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

But the Grizzlies lack of 3-point shooting has been an Achilles heel. This year, they remain near the bottom of the league in almost all outside shooting metrics.

Miller, though, provides the Grizzlies a sharpshooting weapon they’ve lacked against OKC in the past.

This season, he was the third-most accurate outside shooter in the NBA, making 107 threes at a 46 percent clip.

“It gives them the ability to stretch the floor,” Scott Brooks said. “They have a center that’s a great passer and a point guard that’s a great passer, so any time you have shooting on the floor, it helps…Mike Miller is one of the best shooters in the league.”

And he’s got another chance to burn the Thunder, adding another interesting subplot to this intriguing first-round series.

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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