It's a classic match-up of David vs. Goliath. The veteran-laden Miami Heat were the East's top team during the regular season. Conversely, Gilbert Arenas was just five months old the last time No. 5 seeded Washington made it past the First Round of the playoffs.
Will Miami take care of business as expected as it takes on the Wizards in the Eastern Conference Semifinals? Will Washington pull off the upset? Here's a look at some key facts and figures to help you make your prognostications:
.700 Field goal percentage of Heat guard Keyon Dooling in playoff action thus far. Dooling's 10.2 ppg scoring average is nearly double what it was during the regular season.
"Dooling has been unbelievable during the playoffs and he knows we need him," Miami guard Dwyane Wade said after the Florida native celebrated his 25th birthday by scoring 15 points in Game 1 of the Heat-Wizards series. "He comes in and gives us that gift of his energy that comes with his athleticism. And now he is knocking down shots better than anybody that is playing in the playoffs right now."
5-of-23 Washington struggled with its shooting in the first quarter of Game 1 to the tune of 5-of-23, and never recovered in the 105-86 loss.
"The game definitely felt like a back-to-back, playing the other night and leaving the arena at twelve o’clock, having this game start at 3:30, it definitely felt like a regular season back-to-back, with more at stake," Wizards guard Larry Hughes said following the loss in which Washington, as a team, shot .368 from the field. "We need to continue to fight and work hard, execute on both ends and not turn the ball over.”
Wade made history versus New Jersey in the First Round.
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Wade became only the seventh player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and shoot .500 from the field in a single playoff series with his performance in the First Round vs. New Jersey.
"We never could get a handle on him," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "He showed why he's a real special player."
9 The Wizards' First Round come-from-behind playoff win over the Bulls in six games represents the ninth time a team has ever battled back from an 0-2 deficit.
12 Coaches, 23 years and 183 players after the Wizards captured a best-of-three First Round series vs. New Jersey in 1982, the organization finally won another playoff series by defeating the Bulls .
13 Shaquille O’Neal closed this season averaging 22.9 points and 10.4 rebounds, marking the 13th consecutive year he's been a 20-10 guy, an NBA record previously held by Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon.
"He’s the most dominant player of our era," Washington forward Jared Jeffries said following Game 1. "Its very difficult to move him and very difficult to play against him. He did a great job tonight changing the game for them."
15-1 The Heat's regular season 15-1 record against divisional opponents is the best in NBA history.
19-6 This season, the Wizards are 19-6 in games decided by three points or fewer or in overtime, including Friday's 94-91 Game 6 triumph against Chicago that sealed the series.
"I have said before that half of our wins have come on character, toughness, and just will and determination," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.
36-5 Miami reserves outscored Washington by that margin in Game 1.
"We gave them a run for their money, 36 to 5," Jordan said in the Washington Post. "People talk about the X-factor. Today we had the Z-factor, for zero."
49 Number of points Miami outscored Washington by during their regular season series, which Miami won 4-0. The Heat have won their last nine games against the Wizards, including a pair of home-and-home series this regular season, all completed by December 15.
Miami won by an average of 104.5-88.0 at American Airlines Arena and 108.0-99.5 at the MCI Center. The closest contest was the 98-93 finale at the MCI Center.
"It's going to be tough," Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas said about the series. "They have 'The Diesel' (O'Neal) and they have 'Flash' (Wade), and all of their guys play a role. We're going to have to fight for our lives."