The Heat made quick work of the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls in the first two rounds of the playoffs but hit a wall against the Indiana Pacers. The collective struggles of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, compounded with an erratic effort from three-point range, made for a long series against the Pacers’ frontcourt. LeBron James is averaging 26.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the postseason. The Heat’s bench made up for the low offensive numbers from Wade and Bosh in the first two rounds but James was left carrying load for much of the Eastern Conference finals. Bosh is averaging 12.3 points per game in the postseason and Wade’s average stands at 14.1 entering The Finals. Both averages are career postseason lows. The Heat went 66-16 in the regular season, defeating the Spurs twice, and was the No. 1 seed in the East.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The Spurs have rolled through the playoffs every step of the way, with their only test coming in the Western Conference semifinals against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. San Antonio is 12-2 in the playoffs and swept the first round (Lakers) and Western Conference finals (Grizzlies). The Warriors’ three-point shooters caused some problems but San Antonio never trailed in the series. Spurs guard Tony Parker is averaging 23.0 points and 7.2 assists per game in the postseason and San Antonio has won six games in a row dating to Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. San Antonio went 58-24 in the regular season, losing twice to the Heat, and finished second in the West.