The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/10/11 — Valtteri Filppula
The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/11/11 — Dwyane Wade
Game Five last night between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics may have very well marked the passing of the torch from one “Big Three” to another. After acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the summer of 2007, the Celtics “Big Three,” which also includes Paul Pierce, dominated the Eastern Conference for the following three seasons, making appearances in two finals and winning one NBA Championship. This season they could only manage a third place finish in the regular season, and yesterday they were eliminated by the Miami Heat’s much younger and more explosive “Big Three.”
Last night, in particular, the Heat’s “Big Three” was led by Dwyane Wade, who recorded a game-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. As for LeBron James and Chris Bosh, they would record 33 and 14 points, respectively, giving the “Big Three” 83.5% of the Heat’s points in their 97-87 series clinching victory over the Celtics.
The Heat entered the 2010-11 campaign as favorites to win the title, but after watching them struggle at times throughout the season, many believed that their first season together would be characterized by growing pains, rather than championships. Well it appears as though their growing pains are behind them, as they now boast an 8-2 record in the post season and will face the winner of the Bulls vs. Hawks series in the Eastern Conference Finals. They still need eight more wins if they are going to accomplish what they set out to do at the beginning of the season, but if Wade, Bosh and James can continue to carry their team like they have, there may be no stopping the new “Big Three.” For now, Wade earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, May 11, 2011.