Following a pair of home wins to kick off their 2011 playoff campaign, the Miami Heat will now take their show on the road to Philadelphia. It's been a series that has progressively gotten better for the Heat and hopefully they wont be bothered by the probable boost that the Sixers will get from their home fans. All week the Miami players have been saying that they wont be letting up regardless of where they play, so we'll see if they can deliver on that promise.
One thing that I'm sure Heat fans everywhere are hoping to see is a big game from Dwyane Wade. He has been slowed while suffering from headaches during the first two games, but thankfully Miami hasn't needed a big game from Dwyane to jump out to a 2-0 series lead over the Sixers. Still, it would be nice to see Wade, who says he is ‘good to go', get back to his normal self and score 25-30 points.
The Heat players are actually anxious to get out there and play some road games. Obviously it's not difficult to play in front of their home crowd, but now they must go into one of the more hostile cities out there, which is actually a good thing. Playing in front of crazy road fans that are yelling all kinds of mean and insulting things is something that Miami has done all season, but as anyone who has been to a playoff game can tell you, in the post-season everything gets turned up a notch.
Both teams are looking at Game 3 as the most important game of the series. For Philly, it's a no-brainer that this game is crucial for them. It's next to impossible for a team to come back in a best-of-7 series from an 0-3 deficit, and that task becomes even more difficult when it's against a team as good as the Heat. As for Miami, they want to close out this series without playing another home game, and a win in Game 3 will just add to their fast-growing confidence.
- Miami has now won 17 of their last 20 games. Philly has lost 7 of 8.
- The Heat has won 9 consecutive games over the Sixers dating back to last season.
- Miami has gone 6-0 all-time in playoff series in which they have won the first two games.
- On the other side of that, the Sixers are 0-17 all-time when losing the first two games of a playoff series.
- If Chris Bosh records another double double he would become the first player in Heat franchise history to record one in each of his first three playoff games.
- For Miami, Udonis Haslem (foot) and Erick Dampier (knee) are doubtful while Mike Miller (thumb) is questionable.
- The Sixers injured list is empty.
Tipoff from the Wells Fargo Center is set for 8pm and the game will be broadcast nationally on TNT as well as locally on Sun Sports.