You can count them on one hand: The 2018 rookie troika of Donovan Mitchell (24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists), Jayson Tatum (18.5 points 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists) and Ben Simmons (16.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists) — plus Dwyane Wade, who averaged 18.0 points and 5.6 assists in 13 games in his Heat rookie playoff debut in 2004. Tony Parker (15.5, 2.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists in 10 playoff games as a rookie) would be close with Herro for the fifth spot.
The formula that the Miami Heat had backed themselves into using throughout this postseason wasn't exactly ideal. It's not a sustainable plan, and the Boston Celtics finally showed that in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when they pulled off a wire-to-wire win over Miami, not letting the Heat put together their typical comeback. Game 4 of the East title series - with Miami still leading 2-1 - is Wednesday, and the Heat are insisting that there will be more urgency at the beginning.
Their first time was in 2017 — when they were Boston teammates under coach Brad Stevens. And it isn’t hard for Crowder to see the similarities between Stevens and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Oh, the No.