The Charlotte Bobcats have found a great recipe for winning at home lately. After defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 88-83 Wednesday, the Bobcats have now won five of their last six games in Time Warner Cable Arena. It’s just one less game than they’ve won on the road the entire season. Friday, the Bobcats will look to continue their winning ways at home as they host the defending champion Miami Heat.
Fans hoping to see a box-office performance in person from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will have to wait until next season. It was reported earlier today that both James and Wade are expected to sit for tomorrow’s game, as the team already has homecourt clinched throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Jeffrey Taylor, Byron Mullens and Ramon Sessions all sat out Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia. There’s no word on whether any of them will return to the lineup Friday. It’s been speculated that Mullens and Sessions could miss the remainder of the season. The Bobcats re-signing Jannero Pargo for the remainder of the season would seem to be a insurance move for losing Sessions.
Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen will also be out of the lineup for the Heat, which will leave Miami shorthanded. The attention offensively will instead be placed on Chris Bosh. Bosh has quietly had a very good season for the Heat, and is coming off consecutive 23 point games. Bosh will be a tough guard with his inside, outside scoring ability, and Miami will still have three-point shooters roaming the perimeter around him.
For the Bobcats, their home play has been defined by their scoring. In four of their last six home games the Bobcats have scored 100 points or more. Defensively, they still haven’t been great, but the play of Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker has been enough to pull out some victories. Henderson continues to be as confident as he’s ever been as a Bobcat. He’s getting to the line, scoring consistently and living up to the potential many thought he had.
While tomorrow’s game won’t be as entertaining with James and Wade on the bench, it gives the Bobcats a better chance of picking up a win against the Heat this season. Miami still isn’t a pushover with just Bosh leading the team in scoring, so the Bobcats are going to have to continue playing as they have recently in the Queen City to pick up another win at home.