Former Heat star Alonzo Mourning and owner Micky Arison presented the Eastern Conference championship trophy to Chris "Birdman" Andersen at center court after Miami's 99-76 victory over Indiana in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday.
"It is amazing to hold that [Eastern Conference trophy]," Andersen said. "But I really want to hold up the other [Finals] trophy. I know there is another test at hand."
Andersen, who was suspended for a Game 6 loss after instigating a skirmish with Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5, finished with seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes in the Heat's decisive win. The tattooed and Mohawked big man has been a fan favorite and X-factor since signing with the defending champions in January. With Andersen in the lineup, Miami has gone 51-6, including 27 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Heat will face San Antonio in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Thursday in Miami. Andersen, 34, will be making his first Finals. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds this season.