NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, April 28th
(All times Eastern)
(2) Miami Heat (3-0) at (7) Charlotte Bobcats (0-3), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will try to close out the Charlotte
Bobcats Monday night in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal
The Heat will look for the sweep and the Bobcats will go for their first-ever
playoff victory. This is Charlotte's second postseason appearance in the
franchise's history and the Bobcats were swept in four games by the Orlando
Magic in 2010.
In Saturday's Game 3, LeBron James showed why he's the game's best player.
James had 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Heat rolled to a
98-85 win. He was 10-for-18 from the floor, 9-for-10 on free throws and scored
28 of his 30 points in the first three quarters, including 12 in the third
when the Heat stretched their lead to 26.
"That greatness, we don't take it for granted," said Heat coach Erik
Spoelstra. "He does it on a nightly basis. Sometimes he makes it look easy. He
read the game extremely well -- when to be aggressive, when to turn it up and
make plays and try to get into the paint."
Before Saturday's Game 3, James showed why he's the game's leading voice.
James was one of the NBA's only major stars to come down hard on Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling for the racist comments allegedly caught on
"If the reports are true, it's unacceptable in our league," James said before
the game. "You just can't have that in our league."
Dwyane Wade chipped in 17 points and six assists for the second-seeded Heat
and Chris Andersen scored 12 off the bench. Chris Bosh, who hit a 3-pointer to
put the stops on a 10-0 Bobcats run late in Game 2 on Wednesday, scored just
eight on Saturday.
Miami has beaten Charlotte 19 straight times, including the three wins in this
Al Jefferson played again despite suffering a plantar fascia strain in his
left foot in Game 1 and led the Bobcats with 20 points -- but scored just five
after the first quarter (he and three other Charlotte starters sat out the
"They made it tough to be able to get him the ball," said Josh McRoberts, who
scored 13 points two days after he was fined $20,000 for elbowing James in the
neck in Game 2. "They're the best team in the NBA defensively by a long shot
in terms of the athletes they put on the court."
Head coach Steve Clifford stated that Jefferson is doubtful to play Game 4 and
if Jefferson couldn't go, Bismack Biyombo would start in his place
Chris Douglas-Roberts contributed 17 points off the bench for Charlotte,
followed by 13 from Kemba Walker.
The Heat took the lead for good with a 23-7 run late in the second quarter and
led by double digits throughout the second half. Charlotte and Miami rested
key players over the final 12 minutes and the Bobcats cut the final deficit to
If needed, Game 5 will be Wednesday night in South Beach.
04/28 11:02:30 ET
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