Nets vs. Heat: Who’s Got The Edge?

Erik Spoelstra
Jason Kidd (far) and Erik Spoelstra (near) go head-to-head in a best-of-seven. (AP)

Shaun Livingston vs. Toney Douglas

Shaun Livingston, Jeremy Lin
Shaun Livingston (right) (AP)

Douglas (w/MIA): 21 G, 12 GS, 13.2 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG, .391 FG%, .250 3P%, .684 FT%, 10.6 PER
Livingston: 75 G, 53 GS, 25.9 MPG, 8.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .484 FG%, .167 3P%, .827 FT%, 14.8 PER

Douglas is filling in for the transcendent but oft-injured Dwyane Wade, who will sit out his seventh straight game as he nurses a sore hamstring. A Livingston-Wade matchup would’ve been intriguing, since they each affect the game in different ways: Livingston is a havoc-inducer on defense and an occasional facilitator, while Wade is a scoring attack dog.

Douglas has filled in in Wade’s absence, averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game over his six starts. But he’s not the game-changer Livingston is defensively, and his slight stature (Douglas is generously listed at 6’2″ and 185 pounds) means Livingston has another guard he can take advantage of in the post with his length.


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