You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in NBA Playoffs 2005? NBA.com has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.
Miami's Keyon Dooling averaged 5.2 points in 16.0 minutes per game off the bench for the East-leading Heat this season. Send Keyon a question via e-mail and we'll post his answers to the best questions at least once for each round of the Playoffs Miami reaches.
CONFERENCE FINALS MAILBOX
Q: Hey Keyon, what does it feel like going home or to the hotel after a game and seeing your highlights on SportsCenter. Was it always your dream like it is for me and millions more of us?
-- Austin Nevers, Atlanta GA
Dooling: It's fun to watch. SportsCenter is most athletes' favorite show to watch, so it's always good to make SportsCenter.
Q: I'd like to be a professional player and I'm about your
height. Do you have any tips to score against big guys?
-- Rami Alladin, Paris,France
Dooling: Against great shot-blockers like Ben and Rasheed Wallace, you sometimes try to pull up before you get to their domain. You may be able to pull off something over the top.
Q: You guys seem to play your hearts out every game. What or who motivates this team so much?
-- Andrew Barber, Arnold, MO
Dooling: It comes from within. Every guy on our team, no matter whether we are playing free throw games or in a live game we are genuinely trying to win the game. It's that competitive drive that most athletes have and we have a lot of that on our team.
CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS MAILBOX
Q: Keyon, in Game 1, Damon Jones and Dwyane Wade each scored 30-plus points. Were you surprised at how well they shot and were you expecting this from the two?
Dooling: Definitely! I think Damonís one of the best shooters in the league, and if teams arenít going to guard him heís going to knock your eyeballs out. He takes a lot of pride in that.
And, D-Wade, that guy is unbelievable. I canít even say anything about that guy. If he scores 50-60, I wouldnít be surprised.
Q: What do you think of the Red Zone promotion? What do you think of the atmosphere in Miami?
Dooling: I love it, man, I love it. Everybodyís in red, the building is rocking! When you pull up you see the trees out there with red on them, itís a beautiful thing. I love to see that.
Q: Is this the best team you ever been on in the NBA?
Dooling:By far! The best team Iíve ever been on.
Q: What gets you hyped before each playoff game?
Dooling: Just the same thing we did throughout the regular season. We get in our little circle, we get ourselves hyped. That gives me enough energy to go out there.
FIRST ROUND MAILBOX
Q: After his impressive performance in Game 2, how much inspiration do you guys get from Alonzo Mourning?
-Ė Ryan Pearce
Dooling: A lot! For a guy whoís been through what heís been through, heís really helped this ball club; you have to take your hat off to him not only on the court, but off the court.
Q: Iím a big fan of the heat. My friends and I came to see you guys when you went up to play Wisconsin. how cool is it to be teamtates with Alonzo Mourning and Shaq?
-Ė Ty Abitz
Dooling: Itís fun. Defensively, if you get broken down, you know Zo and Shaq are going to be back there to help, and you know theyíve just been motivating the whole squadÖ feeding from their experiences and their energy and Iím thankful for having the opportunity to play with them.
Q: Keyon, since this is your first time going to the playoffs. Were there any butterflies the first time you shot your first basket?
-Ė Ruth Fleming
Dooling: It was kind of mixed feelings. I was a little nervous because the stakes are so high, but once the game started, I was fine. It very fulfilling to come from the Clippers where we didnít make the playoff my first four years, to being able to help our team win the first round.