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Heat's Miller out until January after thumb surgery

MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami Heat forward Mike Miller will be sidelined until January after having surgery to repair a torn ligament and fracture in his right thumb, the team said on Friday.

"It's unfortunate. I feel very bad for Mike. I know how badly he wanted to get this season started in the right way. He's down right now," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

Miller, who signed a five-year deal with the Heat in July, averaged 10.9 points per game with the Washington Wizards last season and shot 48 percent from three-point range.

The Heat open their regular season on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Frank Pingue)