Nuggets on C's-Heat

Here are three nuggets that stood out among the pregame notes package that Elias Sports Bureau researched for ESPN in advance of Sunday's showdown between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat:

  • Paul Pierce has scored 30-or-more points in a game six times at the American Airlines Arena during the regular season. That is tied with LeBron James for the second highest total among visiting players in this arena and behind only Allen Iverson (7). Pierce has not had much success recently in Miami, averaging only 15.7 points per game in his last six games there; This after averaging 26.9 points per game in his first 13 games in this arena.

  • The Heat, who enters Sunday's game with 55 wins, has lost each of the first three games played between these two teams this season. Over the last 10 seasons, only one team that finished a season with 55+ wins has gone 0-4 against an opponent: Phoenix in 2007-08 (0-4 vs. New Orleans). The Suns were bounced by the Spurs in the opening round of the postseason.

  • Erik Spoelstra is 1-9 (.100 winning percentage) against the Celtics during the regular season. That is tied with Jay Triano (1-9) for the lowest career winning percentage against the Celtics among head coaches who began their career in the last 50 years (minimum: 10 games). Wonder if those teams had anything in common?