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Report: Mike Miller to replace Shawn Marion as Cavaliers’ starting shooting guard

Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

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Mike Miller has missed the Cavaliers’ last seven games with a concussion.

In that span, they haven’t traded for Wesley Matthews or Corey Brewer, and shooting guard remains a position of concern.

So, Miller will get his shot.

Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group:

Mike Miller will be activated for Friday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

But not only will Miller be in uniform, sources say he will be inserted into the starting lineup at the two-guard position

Dion Waiters began the season as the starting shooting guard, but he never fit and struggled. Shawn Marion had been starting since, but his natural position is forward. At one point, it seemed Joe Harris would get a chance, but the rookie doesn’t look ready.

Miller is a good of choice as any. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will attract defensive attention and generate open 3s for Miller, who will simultaneously space the floor for Cleveland’s stars. The biggest concern is Miller’s ability to defend, especially now that he’s 34.

Though I think Miller could hold down the position for the rest of the season, I’m a bit surprised he’s starting in his first game back. Often, coaches are hesitant to start ingrained starters their first game back from injury. David Blatt is immediately pressing someone who hasn’t started all season into the starting lineup.

Could Blatt, whose team has lost three of four including a most-recent setback he deemed “embarrassing,” be showing his desperation?