Ranking Most Eye-Popping Stats from Miami Heat's 2013 Playoff Run
In 2013, they dropped Game 1 to the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 92-88.
If they are to similarly rally with four consecutive victories, like they did last year against the Thunder, the Heat's most eye-popping stats could be still to come.
Thus far, however, Miami has turned in a collection of impressive numbers along their way to the NBA Finals.
From overcoming the rebounding battle to shooting better than any team in the postseason collectively, this list ranks the Heat's most eye-popping playoff statistics to date.
No. 5: Heat Advanced to NBA Finals Despite Rebounding Effort
The Miami Heat finished the regular season ranked last in NBA rebounding at 38.6 per game.
If the team who won a league-best 66 games had one weakness that could be exploited in the postseason, it appeared to be Miami's effort on the glass.
Despite collecting even fewer rebounds during the playoffs, however—averaging 37.9 through Thursday—the Heat have been able to advance playing their unique brand of unconventional basketball.
Miami center Chris Bosh averaged only 4.3 rebounds in 31.6 minutes of work during the Eastern Conference Finals, for example, but it did not stop Miami from winning the series.
No. 4: Dwyane Wade Turns in Best Performance During Game 7
Dwyane Wade averaged 21.2 points during the regular season.
In the playoffs, however, he is scoring a career-low 14.3.
He failed to match his regular-season scoring average even once during the first six games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In Games 5 and 6 of that series with the Indiana Pacers, specifically, he scored only 10 points each night.
When the Miami Heat needed Wade to deliver the most during Game 7, however, he turned in his best performance of the 2013 playoffs just when it seemed he wouldn't.
Wade matched a postseason high in each category with 21 points and nine rebounds to help Miami eliminate Indiana by 23 points, 99-76.
No. 3: Miami Leads NBA in Field Goal Percentage Offense
Despite playing a combined 12 games against the Pacers and Bulls on their way to the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are leading the NBA in postseason field-goal percentage by shooting 47 percent as a team.
Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem have improved their efficiency to 80.4 and 61.5 percent shooting, respectively.
Norris Cole is also shooting 53.6 percent, while LeBron James is connecting on 51 percent of his attempts from the floor during the playoffs.
The Heat concluded the regular season by leading the league in field-goal percentage as well, shooting 49.6 on the year.
No. 2: Chris Andersen's Offensive Efficiency
Chris "Birdman" Andersen has connected on 41-of-51 field-goal attempts during the postseason.
He is shooting a staggering 80.4 percent while averaging 7.1 points in only 15.3 minutes of work per night.
During 42 regular-season games, since joining the Miami Heat midseason, Andersen averaged only 4.9 points on 57.7 percent shooting. His dramatic improvement offensively has provided a big lift for Miami off the bench along their way to the NBA Finals.
In Games 1, 2, 3 and 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, specifically, Andersen combined to make all 15 of his attempts.
In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, he finished 3-of-5 for seven points in 13 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs.
No. 1: LeBron James Continues to Lead Heat in Points, Rebounds and Assists
LeBron James turned in his lowest scoring effort of the 2013 postseason in Game 1 of the NBA Finals with 18 points on 43.8 percent shooting.
But before becoming fixated on that scoring number, keep in mind that James also recorded a triple-double by collecting 18 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.
This all-around production, despite the accolades, is something we occasionally take for granted with James.
On a team with superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he continues to lead the Miami Heat in scoring, assists and rebounding during the 2013 postseason.
While averaging 25.7 points and 6.6 assists, the next highest Heat player in each category is Wade at 14.3 and 4.7. The next closest rebounder to James and his 7.9 rebounds is Bosh at 6.5.
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