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--Coach Erik Spoelstra said he is pleased that reserve forward Mike Miller no longer is settling for playing solely as a spot-up three-point shooter.

"His number-one objective offensively for us is to find open opportunities on the perimeter, spread the floor for us, and hunt down three-point opportunities," Spoelstra said. "I want him to fill that role first.

"But if people run at him, we're running offense and it opens up opportunities. He has the skill set. He has always had the ability to put the ball in the open floor and make plays."

Sunday, however, Miller went out in the first half with a sprained left thumb (his non-shooting hand).

--Forward Chris Bosh said one of the most beneficial changes for the Heat over the final weeks of the season has been developing an attack mentality.

"We made so many adjustments as a team," he said. "Mike Bibby is starting at the point guard, and we go small at times, having a faster lineup. We have a little bit more experience together. On offense, we have more of an attack."

Bosh said that at times it is like night and day from the way the Heat had been playing earlier in the season.

"We were shooting more jump shots back then," he said. "We didn't put much pressure on the rim as we do now. We want to attack the rim and play our style of basketball."

--Forward LeBron James said months of playing alongside Dwyane Wade have the two playing in near lockstep these days.

"Practices, games, sessions, months, and days it all helps," he said. "It is to a point now where we kind of know where each other is going to be out on the court without even looking at times.

"Time helps. It is good to see where we are now."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"About halfway through the first quarter, the way that game was going, it looked like the same old song. It staggered us. We were hit in the face in the first four minutes." -- Coach Erik Spoelstra, on going down 11-2 to the Celtics before fighting back Sunday.

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