Tom Talks

Miami Heat taking Charlotte Bobcats seriously

tsorensen@charlotteobserver.comApril 19, 2014 

Sometimes I’ll go to a large city or a cool city or a trendsetting city, notice what people are wearing and think, “In two weeks Charlotte will dress like this.”

Walking 20 minutes from American Airlines Arena to the hotel Saturday I saw two people wearing very short shorts. Both were at least 50 pounds overweight. Both were men.

Some looks don’t travel well. I propose quarantine.

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Miami’s Chris Bosh on the Charlotte Bobcats: “They’re a tough defensive team. Of course, they’ve got the inside-out game going. They have great chemistry. On cuts they run their offense very well. They’re a classic Eastern Conference team. They’re going to want to grind it out. We want to play a little faster.”

You haven’t lost to them since you and LeBron joined the Heat.

“We’ve beat them four times (this season),” says Bosh. “LeBron had his 61 points for us to win in double digits. Every other game has been very close. They’ve been playing very good since the all-star break. They have very good momentum. We have to stop them.”

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At the end of practice, players work on shots of their choosing. Greg Oden, the perpetually injured 7-foot center, worked on a one-hand turnaround 3 feet from the hoop. He did it constantly, relentlessly. In other words, his role will be to guard Charlotte’s Al Jefferson. At 273 pounds, he’s big enough. I doubt he’s quick enough. Udonis Haslem, 6-foot-8, undoubtedly will spend more time on Jefferson.

As practice wound down one player ran constantly, catching a pass and shooting a jumper. When he walked off the court, he was drenched. Shane Battier.

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The theme at the arena Sunday will be White Hot. Miami’s team store is a testament to white. Fans are encouraged to wear white. A black Sunday would be interesting.

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