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If it weren’t for Miami’s lopsided victories in Games 2 and 4, nearly all of these players likely still would not have seen the floor for the Heat this round.
It’s not necessarily that these role players haven’t played well, but rather that Miami is settled into its playoff rotation quite nicely, and there hasn’t been a need for Erik Spoelstra to reach very deeply into his bag of tricks.
Joel Anthony: C+
Quite frankly, it's a little bit strange to rarely see Joel Anthony on the court for Miami. The hardworking Canadian center has been a perennial piece to the Heat’s success over the past few years.
However, with Spoelstra’s design of “small ball” and the Heat’s concerted effort to create space on the floor in order to get into their offensive rhythm, the offensively challenged Anthony has fallen by the wayside.
Oh, and don't forget about the addition of the one they call "Birdman."
He’s seen just 11 minutes of action this round, all of which have come in garbage time in Games 2 and 4. In that time, Anthony’s missed his only shot from the field and hauled in three rebounds. He also has a pair of turnovers.
In short, Anthony’s overall effect on this series is as close as it gets to zero. Therefore, it’s difficult to give him anything higher than a C+.
Just for showing up, he earns a passing grade.
Rashard Lewis: C+
The tale of Rashard Lewis’ second round is almost the same as that of Anthony’s.
He’s earned just 11 minutes, all of which came in Games 2 and 4.
Lewis has been productive in his limited time on the floor, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field while also totaling three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal.
However, like Anthony, his impact on this series is as minimal as it gets. Therefore, he gets slapped with a C+.
James Jones: C+
James Jones is another tale of a former key contributor who hasn’t been much of a factor for Miami throughout these playoffs.
Jones has seen 10 minutes in this series. If you’ve been paying attention to this point, I’m sure you could guess which two games those minutes came in.
He’s attempted just two field goals, both of which came from downtown, and he connected on one of those.
Jones gets a passing grade of C+ as well.
Mike Miller: C
Unlike the previously mentioned players, Mike Miller did see minutes in Miami’s Game 1 loss to Chicago.
And it’s for that reason that he gets a slightly lower grade than the rest, as Miller connected on just one of his four attempts from beyond the arc in that Game 1 when the rusty Heat so desperately needed offense.
However, it should be noted that although Miller was signed by Miami to knock down open threes, it would be unfair to pin the blame for Game 1’s woes on him.
Sure, he missed shots he’s expected to make, but so did everyone else on the Heat’s roster that night.
Overall, Miller’s impact on this series has been nothing more than a blip on the radar, so he winds up with a passing grade of a C.