Who cares? The Miami Heat surely don't.
It's about the playoffs now. In the eyes of Coach Erik Spoelstra and his players, the focus is now.
Dwelling on the past will only help Miami excel in the present through their game tape sessions. The outcomes of those games are meaningless.
Hence, we look at the future and what the 2010 playoffs have in store for the Heat. Here are a few noteworthy factors to take into account going into the Heat-Celtics series:
- The Heat are 19-2 when Dwyane Wade scores 30+ points in the postseason, including a perfect 11-0 at home. In other words, give Wade the ball and good things will happen.
- Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem have reached the playoffs in six of their last seven seasons at members of the Miami Heat. Playoff-tested is an understatement.
- Miami finished 27-2 when holding opponents under 90 points. Unfortunately, Boston scored over 90 points in all three match-ups against Miami this season.
- The Heat finished the season ranked second in the league in average points allowed (94.2) and opponents' field goal percentage (43.9%). Boston averaged 99.2 points per game this season.
- Boston and Miami have never faced eachother in the postseason, making this the first ever playoff series between the two.
Role players like Quentin Richardson, Dorell Wright and Carlos Arroyo all improved in the final stretch of the regular season. Richardson had at least one three pointer in the final seven games of the season, averaging 14.1 points in that stretch. Wright has also produced from behind the arc, averaging 1.8 three-pointers per game and 11.8 points per game in the month of April. Arroyo dished out 3.5 assists and logged double-digit points in four of the seven games in April.
With that said, Miami will still have a chance at upseting the favored Celtics with a consistent collective effort sprinkled with some D. Wade magic.