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2011 NBA Playoffs Preview: Heat Look to Sweep Sixers in Game 4

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Miami looks to sweep the Sixers in Philadelphia on Sunday and possibly catch a quick flight back home in time for an Easter dinner.  Philly has looked overmatched througout the series, with no defensive answer to contain the offensive blaze eminating from the Big Three.  

Wade, James and Bosh are averaging 67.3 PPG, while Elton Brand has become the only Sixer to get past 20 points this series with 21.  

Atlhough the Heat's minds, like the fans, are processing the inevitable clash with the Boston Celtics, they will be best focusing on the Sixers' pride to represent their home. The Pacers were able to surivive a sweep by the Bulls, citing their pride and determination to end their season with a positive note for the future. Sixer fans should have a positive outlook on their franchise, being an elite scorer and a few complementary pieces away from being stronger contenders.  Not on Miami's watch, however.  It's time to get back and prepare for what will be the mightiest test this season.

Notes: Mike Miller is questionable for the game with his thumb injury.  Dampier's knees should be rested for the the O'neals.  Keep an eye out for the usual 8-man playoffs rotation tightening up, with Chalmers, Anthony and Jones taking the Bench Three role with their defensive awareness and abilites.

 

Away Home
Miami Philadelphia
Heat Sixers
58-24 Record 41-41
(3rd) 111.7 Off Rtg 106.6 (17th)
(5th) 103.5 Def Rtg 105.0 (7th)
(20th) 90.9 Pace 91.7 (16th)
(8th) 102.1 Pts/G 99.0 (18th)
(7th) 94.6 Opp Pts/G 97.5 (12th)
(9th) 42.1 Rebs/G 41.8 (13th)
(26th) 20.0 Assists/G 22.7 (6th)
Likely Starters
Mike Bibby PG Jrue Holiday
Dwyane Wade SG Jodie Meeks
LeBron James SF Andre Iguodala
Chris Bosh PF Elton Brand
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Spencer Hawes
James Jones 6th Thaddeus Young
Playoff Series 3-0
Wells Fargo Center
1:00 PM EST
ABC / Sun Sports


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