Ethan J. Skolnick

Faith in Frank Kaminsky pays off for Hornets in win against Miami Heat

The Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky III (44) drives past the Miami Heat's Justise Winslow (20) in the second half during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Hornets won, 96-80, to cut the Heat's series lead to 2-1.
The Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky III (44) drives past the Miami Heat's Justise Winslow (20) in the second half during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Hornets won, 96-80, to cut the Heat's series lead to 2-1. Charlotte Observer

There’s widespread admiration for the work that Steve Clifford has done with the Hornets, admiration that comes across whenever the Heat staff speaks of him — regularly calling him a “coach’s coach” — and admiration seems genuine on the part of his own players as well.

“He’s probably one of the smarter coaches I ever played for,” Al Jefferson said, after the Hornets’ 96-80 Game 3 win against the Heat, which trimmed Miami’s series lead to 2-1.

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