Andre Miller is ready to “flip the page” and not dwell on the confrontation with his former coach that eventually led to a trade.
To show it, Miller, now a backup guard with Washington, reached out and shook hands with Brian Shaw at halfcourt before checking into the game to start the second quarter Sunday at Pepsi Center in Denver. The two briefly spoke, too.
Miller got into an on-court shouting match with coach Shaw during a New Year’s Day game. He didn’t play again with the Denver Nuggets and was dealt to the Wizards on Feb. 20.
“I’m here to play the game and get on,” Miller said in the locker room shortly before making his return to the Mile High City on Sunday.
Miller is playing 13.9 minutes a night and averaging 4.1 points since his arrival in Washington. He said he hasn’t spoken with his Denver teammates since the trade, figuring it was easier for everyone to “flip the page.”
Shaw holds no grudges, either, even if he hasn’t spoken with Miller since the New Year’s Day spat.
“I’m sure both of us didn’t take this personal,” Shaw said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to happen and neither one of us wanted that to happen but I don’t have a problem with him. I have the most respect for Andre Miller but he has moved on and is in a better place in terms of his situation. His team is going to be in the playoffs. I’m happy for him to be in that situation.”
Miller was suspended by the team soon after shouting at Shaw, but it was later rescinded. Miller still stayed away from the Nuggets.
INJURIES — Mavericks guard Jose Calderon left Dallas’ game against Brooklyn after taking an elbow to the face from Nets center Mason Plumlee.
Calderon took the unintentional shot in the first minute of the game Sunday night. Trainers attended to the Spaniard for a few moments on the court before taking him to the locker room with 11:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Devin Harris replaced Calderon and hit three shots from 3-point range in the first 6 minutes of the quarter. … Brooklyn forward Andrei Kirilenko left a game against Dallas after suffering a mild left ankle sprain. Kirilenko, who missed 25 games in the first half of the season because of a bad back, hobbled to the locker room after getting injured with 9:34 left in the second quarter.