MIAMI (AP) -- It takes four losses for a team to be eliminated from the NBA postseason, as anyone who follows the league surely knows.
So here's another statistic among the many that would support the reigning champion Miami Heat carrying the role of overwhelming favorite into these playoffs: Chris Andersen hasn't been part of four losses this season.
Total, that is.
Andersen appeared in 42 games with the Heat during this regular season. They went 39-3 in those games. And sure, Andersen averaged only 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in those contests, so clearly it wasn't his statistics that provided the difference between winning and losing most nights.
What Miami sought when it signed Andersen was the intangibles, things like toughness and veteran savvy. On those counts, he's constantly delivered. And he'll likely continue to have a big role off the bench for the Heat in the playoffs, which open for them on Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference f...