Even if the Heat appears to be in a different class than the Bobcats, the players arent preparing as though they are
Game 1: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats
Read live updates from sports writers, columnists and photographers from the Miami Herald and Charlotte Observer at Game 1 of the Miami Heat's NBA Playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats.
IN MY OPINION
A Heat playoff run is the annual gift we slowly unwrap together, our two-month emotional thrill ride ever since LeBron James grandly announced he was taking my talents to South Beach that summer night in 2010. Well, buckle up again, South Florida. Prepare for exhilarating highs and work-productivity lows. Prepare for late nights walking drained from the downtown bayside arena. Prepare for hearts to soar or plunge on whether a basketball swishes through a nylon net or bonks off a painted rim.
Royal Rumble | LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan
Although LeBron James and Michael Jordan won’t be on the court doing battle, the playoff series offers an opportunity to compare and contrast two of the NBA’s greatest ambassadors.
In My Opinion
I think that Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, not a star in the NBA but a good player, must lead the league in seeing the bright side, in trying to find the best in a bad situation. This talent figures to come in particularly handy in the next week-plus as his hopeless underdogs try to avert being swept in four games by the two-time, defending-champion Heat.
A look at which team has the edge at each position in the Miami Heats first-round series against the Charlotte Bobcats:
GAME 1 | HORNETS AT HEAT, 3:30 P.M. SUNDAY | ABC
After a sizzling start, Chris Boshs struggles shooting coincided with the Heats poor record down the stretch.
In My Opinion
No matter what media blowhards like me say, individuals dont win championships, even in the NBA. Not Wilt Chamberlain. Not Magic Johnson, Larry Bird or LeBron James. No, not even Michael Jordan.
GAME 1 | BOBCATS AT HEAT, 3:30 P.M. SUNDAY, ABC
Udonis Haslem will be back in a familiar spot as an expected starter when the playoffs start. And Rashard Lewis also appears likely to receive playing time.
Dwyane Wade ended up sitting out 28 games this season after missing a combined 36 in the first three seasons with LeBron James as a teammate. But Wade enters these playoffs in a much better place, from a health perspective, than last year, when a knee injury lingered throughout the postseason.
The long wait is over.
76ers 100, Heat 87
And now begins the second season.
In My Opinion
This time it feels different, doesnt it? The Heat in the Big3 Era always has found a way to keep things fresh and keep us fascinated, and now that means trying on a role unlike any the team has played in the previous three seasons. This time, for the first time since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade, Miami enters a postseason seeming a bit vulnerable something close to the unlikeliest of underdogs.
The two-time defending champions will enter the postseason with a worse record and a lot of questions.
Wizards 114, Heat 93
Despite a chance to recapture the top spot in the East, the Heat rested LeBron James and Chis Bosh, essentially assuring a loss and the second seed.
The Heats commitment to preserving Dwyane Wades health for the playoffs appears to have paid off.
Heat | Playoff rotation
With the Heat in playoff mode, evidenced by its effort or lack thereof against the Washington Wizards, Erik Spoelstra will be looking to set his teams postseason rotation as the first round quickly approaches.
LeBron James has spoken at his locker 52 times after victories this season, but never was he happier than on Saturday night after losing by 13 points to the Atlanta Hawks.
In My Opinion
The No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference has plunged in value the way stocks crashed in 2008. The Heat and Indiana Pacers appear to be trying to dump it.
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