DURHAM, N.C. – Shane Battier and Miles Plumlee are the lone Blue Devils remaining in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Battier's Miami Heat advanced past the Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer-led Chicago Bulls to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive season, while Plumlee and the Indiana Pacers lead their second round series over the Knicks, 3-1. The season recently came to a close for five Blue Devils, including Deng and Boozer in the second round.
Forward - Miami Heat
Drafted: 1st Round (6th pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 72 games, 6.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 9 games, 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Battier and the Heat defeated the Bulls, 4-1, to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. In game five, Battier posted nine points, three rebounds and one block to help Miami lock up the series. The Heat will face the winner of the Pacers and Knicks series in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 79 games, 16.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 12 games, 16.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Boozer was a dominant presence throughout the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs, averaging 16.4 points per game. In game six of the first-round series against the Nets, Boozer led the Bulls with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while scoring 17 points in the decisive game seven of the series in Brooklyn. The Bulls won the series over the Nets, 4-3, and moved on to face the Heat in the second round. Boozer continued his strong play in the series, including his best performance in game five. In the final game of the year for the Bulls, Boozer scored 26 points and collected 14 rebounds in the loss in Miami. In game four of the series, the forward added another double-double with 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Boozer continues to rank first in the postseason in double-doubles with six. The Heat defeated the Bulls in five games, 4-1.
Forward - Chicago Bulls
Drafted: 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 75 games, 16.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 5 games, 13.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Deng played just five games in the playoffs after recovering from a spinal tap he underwent after being hospitalized by an illness. Deng closed his season by scoring in double figures in four of the five games he played in the first round against the Nets, including 21 points in Game 3.
Forward - Los Angeles Clippers
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 29 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 1 game, 4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Hill appeared in Game 6 of the Clippers' first-round series against the Grizzlies, scoring four points, four rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of playing time. Throughout his 18-year career, Hill has appeared in the playoffs in eight seasons with four different teams. The Clippers fell in the series, 4-2.
Guard/Forward – Atlanta Hawks
Drafted: 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics (2003)
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 78 games, 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 5 games, 0.8 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Jones played in five games in the NBA postseason with his top performance coming in Game 2 of the series. In the game, Jones played nine minutes scoring two points and grabbing one rebound. The Hawks fell in the series in five games, 4-1.
Forward - Indiana Pacers
Drafted: 1st Round (26th pick) by the Indiana Pacers (2012)
2012-13 NBA Stats: 11 games, 0.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
2012-13 D-League Stats: 15 games, 11.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Plumlee has not played for the Pacers in the playoffs, as Indiana leads its second-round series, 3-1. In his rookie season, Plumlee played in 11 games throughout the regular season scoring a season-high four points. He bounced back-and-forth to the D-League throughout the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Game five between the Pacers and Knicks is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m.
Forward – Boston Celtics
2012-13 Regular Season Stats: 16 games, 4.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13 Playoff Stats: 1 game, 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Randolph made his lone playoff appearance in Boston’s series against the Knicks in game two, playing three minutes in the contest and recording three rebounds. The Knicks won the series, 4-2.