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Guarding Trae Young, Bam Adebayo’s Health and Miami’s Title Chase – The Athletic

MIAMI — Congratulations, Atlanta Hawks.

You made it through the NBA play-in and got through the East Bracket as the No. 9 seed.

Trae Young, you are a star. Thirty-eight points Friday? Thirty-two in the second half? Keep it up.

However, now things are getting very real. A rested and tested #1 seed Miami Heat awaits. And you really don’t have time to prepare. You beat Cleveland, in Cleveland, Friday night. Game 1 of this series in Miami takes place on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Heat is deeper and more diverse than they were going to the 2020 Finals. Jimmy Butler said Wednesday he thinks “we have a real shot at this thing,” as in winning it all. So Miami has bigger plans than the Hawks.

The Athletic’s Joe Vardon and Chris Kirschner preview the East’s Series 1-8 matchup below.

Statistics to get to know

No. 1 Heat (53-29)

113.0 points per 100 possessions (12th in the NBA)

108.4 points per 100 possessions allowed (fourth in the NBA)

4.5 points difference per 100 possessions (sixth in the NBA)

No. 8 Falcons (43-39)

115.4 points per 100 possessions (runner-up in the NBA)

113.7 points per 100 possessions allowed (26th in NBA)

1.6 point difference per 100 possessions (14th in the NBA)

Regular Season Series: Miami, 3-1

Game 1: Heat win, 115-91, at AtlantaGame 2: Heat win, 124-118, at MiamiGame 3: Hawks win, 110-108, at AtlantaGame 4: Heat win, 113-109, at Miami

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