Friday: Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats

04/04/2013 9:58 PM

04/04/2013 10:08 PM

Heat at Bobcats

8 p.m. Friday, Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Bobcats Heat
Pos, Player Ppg  Rpg Pos, Player Ppg  Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.6 3.5 G, N. Cole 5.1 1.4
G, G. Henderson 15.4 3.7 G, M. Miller 3.7 2.3
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.0 5.6 F, R. Lewis 3.8 1.8
F, J. McRoberts 8.2 6.8 F, U. Haslem 3.7 5.3
C, B. Biyombo 4.5 7.0 C, C. Bosh 16.7 6.7

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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