As the Miami Heat prepare for the 2nd game of their first round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, they had to do it on Sunday without one of their most important players. Dwyane Wade sat out practice yesterday while suffering from migraine headaches, something that has plagued him throughout his career and already kept him out of one game this season.
Apparently he began to feel the symptoms before Saturday's game, which would explain why he seemed so ‘off' throughout the contest. His status for tonight is still unknown, though he could always break out the sunglasses he wore for a couple games if that makes a difference. With the arena being covered in white, everything is a bit brighter then normal, so maybe the shades wouldn't be such a bad idea.
The other issue heading into tonight's game is fouls. Philly has had a hard time all season getting to the foul line, ranking 26th in the league (out of 30 teams) in free throw attempts. Miami meanwhile was 3rd in the league. That just shows the difference in the way these teams play, though they also differ in the way they defend.
D-Wade led Miami in fouls committed with 197. The Sixers had three players that committed more then 200 during the season. Looking at the 4 games that they have played against each other, the Heat lead the series in free throws taken 127 to 61, so the large difference in foul shots in Game 1 (39-15 Miami) isn't that much of a stretch.
- When winning Game 1, Miami has won 7 of their last 10 playoff series'.
- The Heat has now won 16 of their last 19 games, dating back to the regular season.
- Philly meanwhile has lost 6 of their last 7.
- The Sixers have held Miami under 50% shooting in each of the 4 games they played each other this year.
- LeBron James made just 4 field goals in Game 1, all coming in the 2nd quarter.
- Over the last two seasons Miami has won 8 consecutive games over the Sixers.
- Tonight will be the 46th straight postseason sellout for the Heat.
- Udonis Haslem (foot) is doubtful for Miami while Dwyane Wade (migraine) is questionable.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7o'clock. The game will be nationally broadcast on TNT but will also be shown locally on Sun Sports. If you want to go to the game but don't have tickets, don't forget about Peninsula Is Mightier's partnership with TiqIQ that not only helps you get tickets right here on PIM but they also search through several ticket selling websites and finds you the best deals out there. Click here to see what's available.