Heat's Mike Miller sidelined again

Updated: February 24, 2011, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Miami Heat forward Mike Miller will miss Thursday's game at Chicago because of an ear infection, sidelining him for a third straight game.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Miller was improving, but will miss Thursday's game because the condition prevents him from flying. He already missed back-to-back games against Toronto and Sacramento after jarring collisions.

Miller had an X-ray and CT scan after being elbowed in the head on Feb. 15 at Indiana. It was the third game in a five-day span where Miller took a hit.

He was tested for a concussion after getting hit in the head at Detroit and checked again following a hard screen in the game against Boston.

Miller is averaging 5.9 points, less than half his career average of 13.4, since joining the Heat in the offseason.

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