By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — What do regular season head-to-head matchups mean? We’re about to find out.
The Miami Heat are the two-time defending champs and just cruised through the first round. But they’re about to face the team that beat them four times this season. In fact, the Brooklyn Nets were the first team ever to sweep a LeBron James team in four regular season meetings.
But the Nets led those four games by a total of three points at the end of regulation. And the Heat obviously know how to flip the switch in the postseason.
Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the No. 2 and No. 6 seeds in the Eastern Conference, as well as the four games they played against each other.
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Stats and rankings are for the first round.
Miami Heat (54-28)
Beat Charlotte in 4 games.
Pace: 92.5 (9)
OffRtg: 109.8 (5)
DefRtg: 99.6 (3)
NetRtg: +10.1 (1)
- Committed just 11.3 turnovers per 100 possessions, the lowest rate in the first round.
- Worst offensive rebounding team in the first round, grabbing just 14.3 percent of available offensive boards.
- Best 3-point shooting team in the first round, shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc.
- Chris Bosh had an effective field goal percentage of 84.1 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers, highest among players who attempted at least four per game.
- Best 2nd quarter team and best 3rd quarter team of the first round, having outscored Charlotte by 24.3 points per 100 possessions over the middle two periods.
- For regular season Heat notes, see their first round preview.
Brooklyn Nets (44-38)
Beat Toronto in 7 games.
Pace: 91.1 (13)
OffRtg: 108.3 (6)
DefRtg: 104.5 (6)
NetRtg: +3.8 (5)
- Had the highest free throw rate in the first round, with 39.2 free throw attempts per 100 attempts from the field.
- Shot 60.7 percent in the paint, best in the first round.
- Worst 3-point shooting team in the first round among those that advanced, shooting just 30.3 percent from beyond the arc against Toronto.
- Deron Williams had an effective field goal percentage of 60.7 percent on pull-up jumpers, highest among players who attempted at least four per game.
- Of 45 players who had at least 20 drives in the first round, the top three in field goal percentage on those drives were all Nets: Paul Pierce, Alan Anderson and Joe Johnson.
- For regular season Nets notes, see their first round preview.
- The series was played at a glacial pace, the slowest of any Brooklyn matchup and second slowest of any Miami matchup.
- Paul Pierce averaged 34.8 minutes and 21.3 points against the Heat, his highest averages against any opponent.
- In the three meetings after Brooklyn went to a small lineup, Miami had two bigs (Bosh and Chris Andersen) on the floor for just 30 of 154 possible minutes.
- The Nets scored just 92.3 points per 100 possessions in 63 minutes with Shane Battier on the floor, and scored 109.5 in 139 minutes with him on the bench.
- Ray Allen shot 3-for-14 (21 percent) from 3-point range, his lowest mark against any Eastern Conference opponent.
- The Heat are one of only three Eastern Conference teams that the Nets outrebounded.
- Bosh got 37 touches and 17 shots in 12 minutes when being defended by Mason Plumlee, but only 24 touches and three shots in 12 minutes against Kevin Garnett.
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