NBA Playoffs
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NBA Playoffs:
PLAYER MATCHUPS
HEAT PISTONS
ChalmersM. Chalmers
PGJenningsB. Jennings
WadeD. Wade
Points: 27.2
Rebounds: 5.7
Assists: 6.7
SGMeeksJ. Meeks
DengL. Deng
Points: 14.3
Rebounds: 6.6
Assists: 1.9
SFSmithJ. Smith
Points: 11.3
Rebounds: 6.6
Assists: 2.4
McRobertsJ. McRoberts
PFJerebkoJ. Jerebko
BoshC. Bosh
Points: 22.5
Rebounds: 9.2
Assists: 2.6
CDrummondA. Drummond
TEAM STATS (Regular Season)
  HEAT PISTONS
PPG 99.9 96.8
RPG 43.1 40.5
APG 20.6 24.0
FG% 47.821 45.486
FT% 69.957 72.718
3P% .345 .384
SEASON SERIES
Detroit leads 3-1
Dec 29, 2005 @DET 106, MIA 101Recap | Box Score
Feb 12, 2006 @MIA 100, DET 98Recap | Box Score
Mar 22, 2006 @DET 82, MIA 73Recap | Box Score
Apr 6, 2006 DET 95, @MIA 82Recap | Box Score
PLAYOFF HISTORY
MIA DET
Championships: 1 Championships: 3
Last Championship: 2006 Last Championship: 2004
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference finals
Last Season:
Lost in NBA Finals last year


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Shaq had plenty to smile about with a 28-point, 16-rebound night.
Miami ... Nice!
The flu bug bit Dwyane Wade before Friday's Game 6, but nothing was wrong with Shaquille O'Neal. The big fella delivered a herculean effort to carry the Heat to a 95-78 victory over the Pistons -- and their first appearance in the NBA Finals. Story | Highlights ESPN Motion
 
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Shaq/Wade The Heat need Shaquille O'Neal on the floor for 36-38 minutes and he needs to keep doing what he does best: get deep post-up position in the paint and just overpower Ben Wallace or anybody assigned to him. Shaq is averaging 14 field goal attempts per game and is shooting over 61 percent. The Heat should continue to make him the first option almost every time down the floor. Force feed the big man the ball and they will get results. After getting to the line 47 times in Game 4, the Heat did not get to the line enough in Game 5. When they did get to the line, they bricked their shots (6-for-20 ... 30 percent). Games 6 and possibly 7 will come down to little things: free throw shooting, rebounds, turnovers. The Heat need to aggressively attack the rim and shoot a reasonable percentage in the upcoming games.

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