[tps_header](2) Miami Heat (54-28) vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats (43-39)[/tps_header]
Season series: 4-0 Heat
The Heat are chasing their third NBA championship in as many years while the Bobcats are making their first postseason appearance since the 2010 season. Miami has yet to lose to Charlotte in the Dwyane Wade-LeBron James-Chris Bosh era, posting 15 straight victories over the Bobcats. Charlotte has played Miami tough on two separate occasions this year, but things don’t look good for Air Jordan’s team.
Stats to Remember:
Miami: 36.4 percent 3-point percentage for the season – Shot 45.1 percent from three vs. Bobcats
Charlotte: Averaged 42.7 rebounds per game for season – Only 37.3 rpg vs. Heat
Players to Watch:
Miami: Dwyane Wade – The longtime Heat superstar has been stricken with injuries the past few seasons and the 2013-14 season has been no different. Miami doesn’t need Wade to win this series, but if his performance is hindered by the injury bug, it could spell bad news for the Heat in later rounds.
Charlotte: Al Jefferson – If the Bobcats have any chance of making this a series they will need some major work in the post. Jefferson is averaging a double-double on the year with 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The Heat lack a real post presence on the defensive end, so production from Jefferson is essential to Charlotte’s success in the series.
Miami has too much firepower and star talent for an average Charlotte team. The Bobcats have proven they can hang with the Heat, forcing overtime in a January game and dropping a December matchup by a single point. When LeBron is focused on a championship his play can become downright scary for an opponent. There will be some interesting games through three quarters, but Miami will overpower Charlotte in the final period every time.
Miami in four games