Patty Mills once beat the Heat in the NBA Finals. He’s looking to make amends in Miami now – WSVN 7News | Miami news, weather, sports

Patty Mills once beat the Heat in the NBA Finals.  He’s looking to make amends in Miami now – WSVN 7News |  Miami news, weather, sports

MIAMI (AP) — Patty Mills still remembers the upset when Miami beat San Antonio in the 2013 NBA Finals. He knows Heat fans may not have forgiven him for his role in the Spurs topping the Heat the following season in a rematch of the title series.

Mills is hoping to win over those fans now.

The Heat’s newest member was with the team in Dallas on Thursday in his first game in a Miami uniform, after signing a deal a day earlier for the remainder of the season. At 35 years old, he believes he can still offer a lot to a contender — which is why he wanted to be in Miami, and he already sees similarities between the Heat culture and the way the Spurs operated during his nine years in San Antonio.

“I think where I’ve been in my career and what I’ve actually been able to achieve, being part of a culture like that, a winning environment, having one goal in mind and understanding that the different aspects of people playing their part to be able to achieve the goal, that’s for sure,” Mills said. “It’s the backbone of who I am and what I come from and what my values ​​are.” “I think there are a lot of values ​​that go with the culture here.”

Mills had a 14-point third quarter for the Spurs in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, going 4-for-4 on 3-pointers in a 4-minute span of that period and that outburst pretty much ensured the title run wouldn’t end. Don’t skip that night in San Antonio. The Spurs clinched the title with a 104-87 win, the last game that LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade would play together as Heat teammates.

Mills played sparingly in 19 games for Atlanta as a backup this season before being waived on February 29, in time to maintain his postseason eligibility with another team. The Heat will become the fifth team Mills plays with in the NBA, along with San Antonio, Portland, Brooklyn and the Hawks.

He has plenty of big-game experience — 95 NBA playoff games, two trips to the NBA Finals (both with the Spurs, both against Miami), four trips to the conference finals, and is a four-time Olympian for Australia. Mills plans to be with the Boomers for their fifth Olympic appearance this summer at the Paris Games.

“If you look at it over the next few months, you know what’s on the table in terms of goals that need to be achieved,” Mills said. “I’m very excited to put all my eggs in one basket here. I expect it to be a good few months ahead, starting here with the Heat and then going to Paris with the Boomers.”

The Heat valued his experience and needed more depth at the goaltending position after Josh Richardson – who dislocated his shoulder in a game against Boston last month – elected to have surgery this week that ended any chance of him returning before next season. Miami agreed to the deal with Mills on Tuesday, the same day it was announced that Richardson would undergo postseason processing on Wednesday.

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