|Eastern Conference - Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+0.6||3-2||3-2||99.0||51.6||47.3%||47.2||97.2||50.4||44.3%||46.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98.5||49.3||36-78||45.9%||8-23||36.4%||19-25||75.2%||46||9||21||22||9||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.6||50.4||37-82||45.4%||8-22||36.0%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.9||47.6||35-79||44.3%||8-24||34.5%||18-24||75.6%||46||9||20||22||9||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||99.3||49.1||36-79||45.7%||8-22||36.3%||19-25||76.6%||51||11||21||21||7||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||100.3||50.2||37-83||45.1%||8-21||35.8%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||101.7||50.8||37-79||46.6%||8-22||37.4%||20-25||77.4%||52||11||22||21||7||15||4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+1.5||3-2||3-2||98.8||53.4||46.4%||44.4||93.6||48.8||46.1%||48.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.2||52.1||38-76||50.0%||8-22||36.7%||18-23||76.0%||44||8||22||19||9||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.5||50.2||37-83||45.3%||8-22||36.1%||18-23||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.3||52.2||39-77||51.2%||8-22||37.2%||18-24||75.4%||44||8||22||18||9||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.2||49.7||36-79||45.7%||8-23||36.2%||17-22||74.8%||48||11||21||20||8||15||3|
|vs opponents averaging||99.9||50||37-83||45.0%||8-21||35.8%||18-24||75.4%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.1||49.4||37-80||45.9%||9-24||36.2%||15-20||75.3%||47||11||20||20||8||16||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BROOKLYN 95, MIAMI 94.4|
|4/2/2014||@ NEW YORK||81-110||L||2.5||L||195||U||26-65||40.0%||33||16||42-70||60.0%||46||15|
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|BROOKLYN: GUARDS: DERON WILLIAMS will surely take on more of a distributor role this year, but he's still this team's best option from three-point range, as well . . . JOE JOHNSON started to break down last season, so along with fewer shots (with the upgrade to the rest of the roster), he figures to play fewer regular-season minutes as well . . . JASON TERRY is clearly in the decline phase of his career, but is still the top scoring option among Brooklyn's second unit . . . ALAN ANDERSON gives them another shooter off the bench . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON steps into the back-up point guard spot vacated by C.J. Watson. The injury-prone vet will be one of the more rarely used back-up PGs . . . TYSHAWN TAYLOR will be a non-factor. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE still has something left in the tank. While his athleticism is fading, he's still a cagey scorer who can also play some point forward to set up Williams . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO will be a Swiss army knife sixth man and should see plenty of starts as new head coach Jason Kidd rotates which veterans rest . . . REGGIE EVANS was retained for his rebounding ability and willingness to look ridiculous while flopping . . . ANDRAY BLATCHE will continue to settle in as a second-unit big. He's a name to remember for the future, as Kevin Garnett doesn't have much left in the tank . . . MIRZA TELETOVIC will be a seldom-used option as a stretch four . . . TORNIKE SHENGELIA is still years away from contributing, and the influx of veterans will further delay his development. CENTERS: Last year did a lot to assuage durability concerns for BROOK LOPEZ. He's highly skilled, and he may be forced to grab more rebounds now that Reggie Evans is on the second unit . . . KEVIN GARNETT will start at power forward. He's still an effective pick-and-pop shooter and pick-and-roll defender, but he'll have to rest often during the regular season . . . MASON PLUMLEE is in no position to help this season.|
|MIAMI: GUARDS: DWYANE WADE will continue to take a smaller role during the regular season, as the Heat try desperately to keep him fresh for the playoffs. He's attacking the rim far less than he used to . . . MARIO CHALMERS will continue to start, playing off the ball more than any other point guard . . . RAY ALLEN will once again serve as sixth man, providing long-range shooting off the bench. He didn't start a single game last year, and at age 38, he'll rarely play full-time minutes as Miami looks toward the postseason . . . NORRIS COLE continues to inch up on Chalmers' starting role, improving nicely between his first and second seasons. But as long as Chalmers is the superior shooter, Cole will play behind him. FORWARDS: LEBRON JAMES is the best player in the league by a wide margin. There's no reason he shouldn't win his third straight MVP award . . . SHANE BATTIER is back as a glue guy, flopper and corner-three shooter. He'll play part-time minutes, often coming off the bench . . . UDONIS HASLEM will likely start, but he rarely stays on the floor for even half of a game. The Heat will continue to rotate big men alongside Chris Bosh . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY provides this team with an athlete who can put the ball in the basket coming off the bench. He must prove he can stay focused and out of trouble . . . RASHARD LEWIS may step into a slightly bigger role now that Mike Miller is gone. His troublesome knees won't allow him to play a lot of minutes, but he still shoots it well enough to help for a few minutes a night . . . JAMES JONES might have to do more than enjoy a courtside seat now that Miller is gone. CENTERS: CHRIS BOSH plays center in the Heat's small-ball lineup. He'll do his thing in the high post, and he's one of Miami's rotating rim protectors . . . CHRIS ANDERSEN did enough last postseason to earn a part-time role this year . . . The Heat hope GREG ODEN and Birdman will stagger their injuries. Oden should be part of a rotation alongside Bosh . . . JOEL ANTHONY is a half-step above team mascot.|
| Here's five things to know about the series. |
HELLO, BROOKLYN: James said he realized quickly after the personnel moves last summer that the Nets would find their way into the postseason-contender mix, pointing out Monday that they've gotten here even without injured C Brook Lopez. And while the Nets say that there's no real rivalry with Miami yet, there's clearly some personal scores already involved. "They know my tendencies. I know their tendencies," James said.
THE 4-0 STAT: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't bringing up his team's 0-4 record against Brooklyn this season much, opting to look more forward instead. "Depends on who you ask," Spoelstra said of its significance. "We're looking at us and how we have to impact the games to give ourselves the best chance to win."
LIVINGSTON RETURNS: It could be argued Nets G Shaun Livingston owes some of his success to the Heat, since they were the team that lured him back to the NBA in 2008 - 17 months after he endured one of the more gruesome knee injuries in recent memory. Livingston played in only four games with the Heat before getting waived in what was largely a salary-related move. The Nets are his fifth team since that brief Miami stint, but the Heat still speak highly of Livingston. He's had some big moments already against the Heat this season, and if he has more in the next couple weeks, that's obviously going to be a bonus for Brooklyn.
KIDD VS. HEAT: Kidd's record against the Heat in recent years has been beyond stellar. Going back to the 2007-08 season, Kidd's teams won 16 of the last 21 games he played in against Miami, and obviously the rookie Nets coach is 4-0 versus the Heat so far this season. Add it up, and that's a 20-5 record of late. But it hasn't always been that rosy: Kidd also had streaks of five, nine and six consecutive losses against the Heat during his playing career.
LBJ 4K: James is nine points away from becoming the eighth player in NBA history with 4,000 postseason points. Among active players, only Kobe Bryant (5,640) and Tim Duncan (4,735) have more. And five of the top nine active playoff scorers - James (3), Wade (6), Pierce (7), Ray Allen (tied-8) and Kevin Garnett (tied-8) - will be in this series.
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|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 4:05:57 PM EST|