The Philadelphia 76ers will make their first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season later this evening, but for their opponents in the Miami Heat, tonight will be their fourth playoff berth since the Sixers played their last postseason game.
For a lot of players in the Philadelphia squad, tonight will be their first-ever appearance in the postseason, but for Dwyane Wade, he has been here plenty of times before, as he has three NBA Championships to his name.
This will be the 13th time he has played in the postseason. In total, he has played in 172 playoff games including 29 Finals games, whereas for the Sixers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, this year will be the first time which they play at this stage of the season.
Yet, despite this vast difference playoff experience, the Heat star has reiterated that it doesn't guarantee anything on the court, but it can be valuable.
Wade said to Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post: “I think it helps you in certain moments. You’ve seen the movie before so you can sit down and tell a person who hasn’t watched this movie what’s coming.
Some players and some teams are special and it doesn’t matter how much experience they have. If they’re a good enough team, they’re a good enough team no matter where they’re playing.”
However, Sixers' JJ Redick doesn't agree with Wade, as he said: “I actually think, in a way, not having been in it is an advantage. You really just don’t know any better.”
Redick's head coach in Brett Brown, however, is leaning more towards Wade's opinion, as he believes having playoff experience is valuable as it's something which money can't money.
The 76ers head coach said: “I suppose there is an element of naivete. You don’t know what you don’t know. Let’s just go play loose and free and that could be true. But in general the experience of this environment this time of year is a priceless thing that you just can’t make up or buy.”
The Sixers and Heat meet in Game 1 of their first-round series later this evening in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.
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