Bobcats Gameday

Friday: Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comApril 4, 2013 

Heat at Bobcats

8 p.m. Friday, Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth, ESPN. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

BobcatsHeat
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker17.63.5 G, N. Cole5.11.4
G, G. Henderson15.43.7 G, M. Miller3.72.3
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist9.05.6 F, R. Lewis3.81.8
F, J. McRoberts8.26.8F, U. Haslem3.75.3
C, B. Biyombo4.57.0 C, C. Bosh16.76.7

Matchup to Watch

Chris Bosh vs. Bismack Biyombo: With all the Heat’s other stars “injured,” Bosh will draw a ton of defensive attention from the Bobcats.

Observations

• LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen are all expected to sit this one out. So ESPN’s decision to nationally televise this game might have been a bit premature.

• Once the Heat’s chase of a record winning streak ended in Chicago, Miami started shutting people down to get them healthy for the playoff run.

• The Bobcats have won five of their past six home games, starting with an upset of the Boston Celtics on March 12.

Tap-ins

Byron Mullens (sore ankle) and Jeff Taylor (sore plantar fascia) both missed Wednesday’s victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bobcats didn’t practice Thursday.

• Josh McRoberts had a career-high 16 rebounds in the 76ers game.

Did you know?

The Bobcats are 5-7 in games power forward McRoberts has started.

Rick Bonnell

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