Miller is not going to run the same way when Nico is out and this 10 minutes arenít all going to be in one shot where we are losing significant ground.
I think you make a mental mistake here - that is easy to make. You assume Miller will do the most obvious basketball coach move and adjust his tactics to fit his personnel like any sane, rational coach would. Like it would tell you to in Basketball Coaching for Dummies, if there were such a book. Like Lute Olson did and he was maybe on of the greatest masters of that approach of all time. But we have not played 1 single GD minute that way in ten, long, dismal years. Took me 7 years to figure out that Miller would never change and never adjust and another year to accept it, but I have. It's who he is.
Miller sees no difference in Nico and Doutrive and Smith and Randolph and Mayes and York and Momo and every other guard he has ever had. If you and I were on that team and played guard, he would substitute us in and expect us to do exactly the same thing that anyone else does. No sets will change, no defense will adjust, nothing. THEY ALL HAVE TO PLAY EXACTLY THE SAME ROLE. That is Miller's philosophy and it never, ever changes. He never adjusts to fit his personnel. NEVER. He had Ayton for god's sake and used him exactly the same as Ristic and Zeus. He boxed Markannen into a corner and destroyed him psychologically rather than let him dominate the way he could have. He destroyed the creativity of Simons, took sure thing lottery picks Trier, Ashley and Zeus and turned them into neutered, un-drafted players all in the name of them fitting into whatever box he wants for each position.
Coach K adjusted too much last year to his personnel and depended too much on 1 player. But at least he tried. Izzo, Altman, Self, Williams, Few, almost any good coach you can name ....they ebb and flow with their teams, use their players strengths and do different things with different lineups. Not Miller, he's just gonna keep pounding his head against the cinder block walls at McKale. Expecting different results would be insanity.