Underdogging It

Sure, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat closed out the final month and a half of the regular season by posting 17 wins and only four losses. But here’s the thing: Miami spent the past seven days of the playoff race eking out meager wins against some of the Eastern Conference’s shittiest of the shittiest, including the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks, and the New Jersey Nets. Wade and crew even dropped a game to the pathetic Detroit Pistons.

So really, how likely is it that the fifth-seated Heat will upset the fourth-seated Boston Celtics? Not very. During the regular season, Boston swept Miami 3-0, always winning by five points or more. Another discouraging detail: Wade was the top scorer in every one of those games, even putting up 44 points back in January. And still, the Heat lost. See Game 3 of the first round Miami-Boston series at 8 p.m. Friday at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $10 or more. Visit nba.com/heat.
Fri., April 23, 8 p.m., 2010