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PreHeat: Charlotte Bobcats visit the Miami Heat (with a healthy LeBron)

[gallery link="file"] The Charlotte Bobcats are coming off their first preseason win in five games after almost letting the lead slip away to the Detroit Pistons in crunch time. Tonight might not be the start of a winning streak for Michael Jordan's squad, a team you may not remember only finished three games behind the Heat in the Southeast Division at the end of last season. But while the Heat upgraded just a bit with the likes of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, their division rivals came up with Kwame Brown and re-signing Tyrus Thomas while losing Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler. The Heat have had trouble with the Bobcats the last couple of years mostly because of an athletic advantage thanks to Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson but that essentially has now been nullified even with an injured Dwyane Wade away from the team. Ironically, the Bobcats have recently waived two players that could help the Heat at their weakest positions in center and point guard. Erick Dampier is still on the market while Javaris Crittenton, though certainly a talent player, failed to impress Larry Brown and Jordan in the role of a third-stringer after returning from a lengthy suspension stemming from his role in the Gilbert Arenas gun incident. Dampier's case is more perplexing in that he was considered to be somewhat of a steal upon his release for a contending team looking for more size but at this point either he's injured or his agent is asking for too much money. Former Heat guard Shaun Livingston continues his seemingly never-ending NBA comeback with a new team. This time it's with the Bobcats though he's yet to actually play a preseason game due to injury, just like fellow free-agent signee Kwame Brown. For the Heat, only Wade and Eddie House will miss tonight's game which should be welcome news for Heat fans growing worried about the slate of injuries afflicting the team. Even House only needs a medical clearance to get into the next preseason game and he looked healthy enough during Sunday's practice scrimmage. LeBron should get about 30 minutes tonight as he showed no signs from his injury suffered in last week's CSKA Moscow game. Likely starters: Heat: Mario Chalmers Carlos Arroyo, Mike Miller, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony Bobcats: D.J. Augustin, Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace Gerald Henderson, Boris Diaw, Nazr Mohammed