Five Major Keys to Victory in Heat's First-Round Playoff Matchup
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Five Major Keys to Victory in Heat’s First-Round Playoff Matchup

Goran Dragic Charlotte Hornets

2. Joe Johnson Needs to Turn It up a Notch

Joe Johnson Miami Heat

The days of “Iso Joe” may be over, but the six-foot-seven forward still has plenty of game left in the tank. Since the All-Star break, Johnson has averaged 13.7 points per game. In order to successfully beat out the Hornets, he will likely need to bring those numbers up closer to his career average of 17.0 points per game.

Johnson has been an integral part of the Heat’s success since he took his talents to South Beach. The team will have to rely on his clutch shot-making and particularly his three-point game if they hope to take the series. The Heat are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league, but the long ball is one of Johnson’s strong suits. If he can get it going from downtown in this series, Miami has a great shot at matching Charlotte’s scoring output.

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