Who: #7 Charlotte Bobcats (0-1) at #2 Miami Heat (1-0)
What: First Round of The NBA Playoffs, Game #2
When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 3:30pm
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Kemba Walker (20.0 PPG, 6.0 APG)* Vs Mario Chalmers (7.0 PPG, 3.0 APG)
SG: Gerald Henderson (6.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG) Vs Dwyane Wade (23.0 PPG, 5.0 APG)
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (5.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG) Vs LeBron James (27.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG)
PF: Josh McRoberts (15.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG) Vs Udonis Haslem (2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG)
C: Al Jefferson (18.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG) Vs Chris Bosh (13.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG)
Sixth Man: Gary Neal (17.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG) Vs Chris Anderson (8.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG)
Keys of The Game
- Gerald Henderson Bouncing Back: After a rough game one for Henderson, Gerald will need to play exceptionally tonight in order for the ‘Cats to have a chance at a win. This means that Hendo will need to improve his defense on Dwayne Wade and knock down some shots in game two. If Henderson is able to do just that, the Bobcats might be flying back to Charlotte with the series tied at one apiece.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Hustle: Despite playing some solid defense against LeBron James in Sunday’s contest, MKG was limited to just 15 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble. If the ‘Cats are going to win tonight, Kidd-Gilchrist will need to be able to play almost the entire game, keep LeBron from scoring boatloads of points, and fight for key rebounds on both sides of the floor. While this might seem challenging, with Big Al’s lingering injury, Charlotte cannot afford to play a high-scoring basketball game.
- Big Al’s Health: Face it Bobcats’ fans, if Al Jefferson cannot play his usual dominating game, the ‘Cats’ season might be over after Monday’s contest. Big Al will still try to play tonight despite suffering from a plantar fasciitis injury on Sunday, telling reporters, "It'll take more than that to make me sit down.” Let’s hope that Jefferson will be able to fight the pain in game two.
- Tonight’s game will televised on TNT and Fox Sports South. Contrary to the NHL, TNT’s broadcast of the game will not be “blacked-out” to local Charlotte viewers, meaning it’s your choice between Steve Martin or Brian Anderson.
- After tonight's contest in Miami, the Bobcats and Heat will travel back to Charlotte to square off in games three and four this Saturday and Monday, respectively. Both of the games in the Queen City are scheduled to start at 7pm.
- Tonight will bring another opportunity for the 'Cats to win their first playoff game in franchise history.
Unfortunately, my choice to pick the Bobcats in game one didn't pan out, but that’s why they play a seven-game series. For tonight's contest, I’ll try use some reverse logic by picking the Heat to win by the final score of 101-91 in hopes that my prediction will somehow jinx the two-time defending champions tonight.