Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats: Who has the edge?
04/20/2014 12:00 AM
04/20/2014 2:56 PM
A look at which team has the edge at each position in the Miami Heat’s first-round series against the Charlotte Bobcats:
Three years after willing UConn to the NCAA title, Kemba Walker (17.7 ppg, 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio) is finally in the playoffs. Mario Chalmers shot a career-high 45 percent from the field. Edge: Bobcats.
Dwyane Wade appeared in just 54 games, but he shot a career-high 54.5 percent when he was on the floor. Gerald Henderson shot just 40 percent against the Heat this season. Edge: Heat.
LeBron James is the two-time defending league MVP and will likely finish in the top two again this year. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is four years removed from his high school graduation. Edge: Heat.
Josh McRoberts’ career stats: 5.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Udonis Haslem’s career stats: Three NBA championship rings. Edge: Heat.
If he isn’t a full-blown NBA star, Al Jefferson is close. He averaged a double-double (21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg.) for the fourth time in his career. Chris Bosh has seen his scoring average dip every year in Miami. Edge: Heat.
Miami has three-peat on its mind, home-court advantage and a 4-0 season-series advantage this year. Charlotte has Cam Newton, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Bank of America. Edge: Heat.
Steve Clifford has revived a moribund franchise in his first year as an NBA head coach. But this is his first year in that role. Erik Spoelstra has 50 career playoff wins. Edge: Heat.
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