When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami
Tickets: Bobcats @ Heat tickets
Starting Line Up:
PG Kemba Walker PG Mario Chalmers
SG Gerald Henderson SG Dwyane Wade
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF LeBron James
PF Josh McRoberst PF Shane Battier
C Al Jefferson C Chris Bosh
Al Jefferson ( plantar fascia strain) Day to Day
Mario Chalmers (shin bruise) Day to Day
Michael Beasley (sprained ankle) Day to Day
Match Up to Watch: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. LeBron James pt. II-MKG played pretty well against LeBron and the Heat when he was on the floor, but thanks to catching four quick fouls he could only muster a little over 14 min of game action. If the Bobcats are going to have any chance to even up the series, a lot of that’s going to fall on Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulders.
Gerald Henderson vs. Dywane Wade-Wade put on shooting clinic in game 1, scoring 23 points on 10-16 shots. Henderson can’t let Wade score on him that easily and will need to take Wade’s aging legs away from him. Henderson will also need to find more ways to score and attack the basket more, because 6 points on 3-9 shooting is not going help the Bobcats keep up with the Heats scoring pace.
So I’ve got some good news and some bad news, lets start with the bad. The Bobcats are now 0-16 against the LeBron James led Heat and are possibly without their best player and should-have-been all star Al Jefferson. Even with Jefferson back in the line up, he’ll be pretty limited.
Now the good news is that these Bobcats are pretty resilient when it comes to losing. Since early March, Charlotte is 5-1 in games after losses. Obviously Al Jefferson was a big reason for that, but maybe just having him on the floor, even in a limited capacity will get the rest of the young Cats going. Unlike the Heat, the Bobcats still have youth and energy on their side, so if Wade and the rest of the old Heat guard begin to wear out, the Bobcats maybe able to steal the game.