|Eastern Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - MIA Leads 1-0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-0.1||1-4||3-2||97.6||48.0||46.7%||54.0||97.8||50.8||44.8%||48.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.7||48.9||36-82||44.2%||6-18||35.1%||18-24||73.7%||52||9||22||18||6||12||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.9||50.5||38-83||45.5%||8-22||36.0%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||97.0||48.1||36-82||44.4%||7-18||36.0%||17-24||73.0%||51||9||21||18||7||12||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.1||48.0||37-83||44.2%||8-22||37.1%||15-20||75.8%||51||10||21||21||6||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||100.4||50.2||38-83||45.4%||8-22||35.8%||18-23||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||99.8||49.6||38-84||45.3%||8-22||38.2%||16-21||75.7%||52||10||21||20||6||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-4.2||2-3||3-2||92.4||48.4||45.4%||45.2||97.2||51.6||50.0%||43.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.2||52.0||38-76||50.1%||8-22||36.5%||17-23||75.9%||44||8||22||19||9||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.6||50.3||38-83||45.4%||8-21||36.0%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.3||52.1||39-77||51.2%||8-22||37.2%||18-24||75.4%||44||8||22||18||9||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.3||49.7||36-79||45.7%||8-23||36.2%||17-22||74.9%||48||11||21||20||8||16||3|
|vs opponents averaging||100.1||50||37-83||45.1%||8-21||35.8%||18-23||75.4%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.1||49.5||37-79||46.0%||9-24||36.1%||15-20||75.4%||47||11||20||20||8||16||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHARLOTTE 95.6, MIAMI 94.7|
|4/23/2014||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/26/2014||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2014||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/22/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||95-105||L||-5||L||196.5||O||37-73||50.7%||42||15||43-84||51.2%||44||6|
|4/23/2014||CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/26/2014||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2014||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CHARLOTTE: GUARDS: KEMBA WALKER has become a more efficient scorer as well as a capable distributor. He'll sacrifice some shots with Al Jefferson coming in, but he should have more space with which to operate. Down the line, he could mesh nicely with pick-and-pop four Cody Zeller . . . GERALD HENDERSON transformed from a raw athlete into an effective, efficient scorer in the second half of last season. He should be the No. 2 or 3 option this year . . . RAMON SESSIONS is locked in as a sixth man. He's not a shooter, but his ability to get to the line makes him an effective second-unit scorer . . . BEN GORDON seems to be going through the motions at this point. His real value this season is his enormous expiring contract. FORWARDS: MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST is going to be a quality NBA player for a long time, but he's not close to being a major factor offensively. He'll continue to defend and rebound effectively for a wing, but he's a No. 4 or 5 option on the offensive end of the court . . . JOSH MCROBERTS proved good enough to be a rotational player on a bad team last year. He has a chance to start early on while the Bobcats bring some young guys along . . . CODY ZELLER struggled against length and athleticism in college, so it seems the 'Cats think he can be more of a stretch, pick-and-pop four. If he proves to be a shooter, he's athletic enough and a good enough rebounder to be a solid NBA starter . . . JEFFERY TAYLOR is a forgettable second-unit player who can defend a couple of positions. ANTHONY TOLLIVER won't see the floor much, but he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. CENTERS: We'll see how the Bobcats mesh with AL JEFFERSON, the NBA's worst defensive big man and a lane-clogging black hole on offense. He can score, and at (an incredible) $40 million-plus, Charlotte will run everything through him . . . BISMACK BIYOMBO will play some alongside Jefferson, as the Bobcats desperately need to cancel out Jefferson's defense. But the young big man figures to be used more sparingly this year . . . BRENDAN HAYWOOD is still kicking around.|
|MIAMI: GUARDS: DWYANE WADE will continue to take a smaller role during the regular season, as the Heat try desperately to keep him fresh for the playoffs. He's attacking the rim far less than he used to . . . MARIO CHALMERS will continue to start, playing off the ball more than any other point guard . . . RAY ALLEN will once again serve as sixth man, providing long-range shooting off the bench. He didn't start a single game last year, and at age 38, he'll rarely play full-time minutes as Miami looks toward the postseason . . . NORRIS COLE continues to inch up on Chalmers' starting role, improving nicely between his first and second seasons. But as long as Chalmers is the superior shooter, Cole will play behind him. FORWARDS: LEBRON JAMES is the best player in the league by a wide margin. There's no reason he shouldn't win his third straight MVP award . . . SHANE BATTIER is back as a glue guy, flopper and corner-three shooter. He'll play part-time minutes, often coming off the bench . . . UDONIS HASLEM will likely start, but he rarely stays on the floor for even half of a game. The Heat will continue to rotate big men alongside Chris Bosh . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY provides this team with an athlete who can put the ball in the basket coming off the bench. He must prove he can stay focused and out of trouble . . . RASHARD LEWIS may step into a slightly bigger role now that Mike Miller is gone. His troublesome knees won't allow him to play a lot of minutes, but he still shoots it well enough to help for a few minutes a night . . . JAMES JONES might have to do more than enjoy a courtside seat now that Miller is gone. CENTERS: CHRIS BOSH plays center in the Heat's small-ball lineup. He'll do his thing in the high post, and he's one of Miami's rotating rim protectors . . . CHRIS ANDERSEN did enough last postseason to earn a part-time role this year . . . The Heat hope GREG ODEN and Birdman will stagger their injuries. Oden should be part of a rotation alongside Bosh . . . JOEL ANTHONY is a half-step above team mascot.|
| Here's five things to know going into Game 2: |
MKG NEEDS TIME: Keeping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor is critical for Charlotte. The Bobcats outscored Miami by eight when he played in Game 1. But he logged a season-low 14:41 because of foul trouble - a double-whammy for the Bobcats since he was primarily guarding LeBron James. It was only the 14th time this season that Kidd-Gilchrist had at least four fouls in a game, but three of those have come against Miami.
WADE WATCH: Heat guard Dwyane Wade said Tuesday he still considers himself "working my way back" but hopes he can find the same rhythm in Game 2 as he had in Game 1. Wade was highly efficient in the series opener, making 10 of 16 shots, scoring 23 points and best of all for Miami, he felt relatively fine afterward. Miami is 41-9 when Wade shoots better than 50 percent in a playoff game.
HEAT ROTATION: Spoelstra said one of the lessons Miami has learned throughout its past playoff runs is that everyone, at some point, gets called upon to fill some role. The rotation he's planning in Game 2 remains a bit of a mystery, but the job James Jones did off the bench in Game 1 still has not been lost on teammates. "Everybody needs to contribute," Spoelstra said.
BOUNCEBACK FACTOR: One of Charlotte's best traits in its run to the playoffs was resilience. Since mid-January, the Bobcats are 13-4 in the game immediately following a defeat. Whether that will be enough to end this 17-game losing streak against the Heat is another matter. If nothing else, it's a sign that these young Bobcats tend not to wallow in misery too long.
MILESTONE WATCH: The Heat should hit several longevity milestones Wednesday. James is seven minutes shy of becoming the 22nd player with 6,000 in a playoff career. ... Ray Allen will tie A.C. Green and Jerry West for 32nd all-time with 153 postseason appearances. ... This will be the 100th home playoff game in team history.
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|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 7:02:51 PM EST|