HHH GameTime Preview: HEAT look to sweep Bobcats, Game 4

Grant Halverson

The HEAT are poised to finish off the Bobcats in Charlotte tonight.

Coming off their most convincing win of the series, a 98-85 shellacking that looked closer than it actually was, the Miami Heat look to end the Charlotte Bobcats promising season tonight.

LeBron James was again unguardable in game 3, slapping together a 30 point, 10 rebound, 6 assist outing on an efficient 10-18 shooting and 9-10 at the foul line. Chipping in was Dwyane Wade with 17 points and Chris "Birdman" Andersen with 12 points and 9 rebounds.


Miami's biggest matchup problem, Al Jefferson, may have played his last game as a Bobcat (remember, they become the Hornets next year). He put up 20 points on Saturday, but only scored 5 of those points after the first quarter. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says "He's not close to where he was for the last two games," and he did not go through Monday shootaround. He is currently listed as doubtful. Little used shot blocker Bismack Biyombo is expected to start, leaving the Bobcats already weak offense further depleted.

Expect the Bobcats to lean heavily on Kemba Walker, who's avergaing 16.3 points per game in the series on an astounding 47% shooting from downtown.

What to watch for

The Bobcats played like a defeated team once Miami went on a 16-4 run to close the half. Without their leader and offensive centerpiece expected in the lineup, they will have trouble generating offense throughout the game. If the Bobcats can get some perimeter shooting from Walker and Josh McRoberts early, perhaps the crowd will energize the team to play a competitive game.

On Miami's end, there isn't much to parse through honestly. The starts have been rather slow, but LeBron has overwhelmed the Bobcats through the series. With the defensive minded Biyombo in the paint instead of the hobbled Jefferson, Miami may not have as easy a time getting layups.

Tipoff is at 7PM EST on TNT nationally as well as on Sun Sports locally.

Be sure to check out Hot Hot Hoops for all HEAT news regarding the NBA playoffs. Visit our friends at Rufus on Fire if you want a Bobcats angle.

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