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Heat needs more out of its bench in Game 7

Remember when the Heat was unstoppable because of its bench? 

This straight from the Heat's Game 7 media notes: 

BENCH PRODUCTION: Miami’s bench totaled 175 points during the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Chicago, the most for a single-series in HEAT postseason history, including a 55-point game by the reserves on 5/8, the highest total off the bench in HEAT postseason history. The HEAT bench previously scored 149 points in the four-game series against Milwaukee, which is now the second-most for a single-series in HEAT postseason history. Additionally, Ray Allen averaged 16.5 points off the HEAT bench during the first round series against Milwaukee, the highest average by a reserve in a single series, surpassing the previous record of 13.8 points held by Bimbo Coles during the 1994 First Round series against Atlanta. Below are the most points scored by the HEAT bench during a single-game and during a single-series in postseason team history. 

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Ah, those were the days...

Against the Pacers, the Heat's bench has gone cold. Miami's reserves are averaging 21 points per game, and while that's far greater than the output of the Pacers' bench (11.0 ppg), it hasn't been enough to offset the poor shooting of starters Chris Bosh (11.3 ppg) and Dwyane Wade (14.5 ppg). The Pacers' starters are outscoring the Heat's starters 498-440 entering Game 7.

In Game 6, the Heat's starters managed just 54 points.

But the most telling numbers of Heat's struggles might not be the averages of Bosh and Wade. Ray Allen is averaging 6.6 points per game entering Game 7 of the Eastern Conference and shooting 13 of 46 (28.3 percent) from the field. Shane Battier, who was benched for most of Games 5 and 6, is averaging 2.3 ppg in the series (2-of-14 shooting).

So, guess who leads the Heat's bench in scoring in the Eastern Conference finals? Answer: Birdman, who is averaging 7.2 points per game while not even scoring in Game 4.


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