PJ Tucker and the Miami Heat are catching the attention of basketball fans.
After compiling the best record in the Eastern Conference (53-29), Miami beat the Atlanta Hawks 4-1 in the first round. The top-seeded Heat then edged the fourth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers 106-92 in the first round of their semifinal series. Game 2 takes place Wednesday night in Miami.
Although the Heat have plenty of offensive firepower, veteran forward Tucker is one of their most important elements. Tucker is known for his defensive ability. He has the mindset and toughness that teams want because he can make an impact without filling the box score.
In an interview with Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Tucker explained where he gets his inspiration. He said his passion came from watching Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan throughout his career:
“I’m a huge fan of Michael Jordan. In the playoffs with Jordan, you could see it in his eyes with his passion and how much he loves him and how much of a killer he turns into with that killer instinct. I’m all about it.
PJ Tucker and the Miami Heat keep rolling
Although the Miami Heat entered the NBA playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they still haven’t received the attention they deserve. When the Heat are healthy, they’ve been one of the most impressive two-way teams in the league. Miami has a roster that’s built for the playoffs, and veteran forward PJ Tucker is the perfect fit for this team.
Tucker’s impact on the field simply cannot be measured by box scores alone. He has become one of the leaders in defense as Tucker has the experience and ability to defend multiple positions at a high level.
Tucker, who played in Texas and was drafted in 2006, spent five of his first six professional seasons playing internationally. He played for five franchises in 11 NBA seasons, helping the Milwaukee Bucks win last season’s title as a key mid-season acquisition.
Tucker, who turns 37 on Thursday, has averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds this season.
Miami has been without starting point guard Kyle Lowry for a long time, but the Heat continue to rack up wins. It’s just proof of the talent and depth of this roster as they seek to reach the NBA Finals.