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Game #12: Charlotte Bobcats (4-7) vs. Miami Heat (7-4)

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Coming off of their domination of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, the Heat will wrap up their 6-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to the AAA.  It's been a very ‘up and down' string of home games for Miami.  After the back-to-back gut checking losses to Utah and Boston the Heat have come back strong with a pair of solid wins which hopefully are the beginning of a nice winning streak.

The Bobcats come into this one after winning three of their last four games.  The only loss was to Utah, who swept a 4-game road trip against all Southeast Division teams (Mia, Orl, Atl, Cha).  The Bobcats are somewhat of the dark horse in the SE Division, though they are still in the process of rebounding from a tough 1-6 start to the season. 

Miami has had their share of struggles against the better point guards in the league, though they did a great job against Steve Nash on Wednesday.  Tonight they will go up against a very talented young point guard in D.J. Augustin who has responded well to his first year as a starter in the NBA.

He has really picked up the pace over his last four games and as he has gone, so has his team.  In those contests Augustin is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 assists, as well as coming away with his first two double doubles of the year.  We'll see what the Heat do in an attempt to contain him, whether it be covering him with another PG (Arroyo or Chalmers) or utilize some kind of zone. 

GAME NOTES

  • This is the first of four games between the Heat and Bobcats.  Charlotte won the season series last year 3-1. 
  • Chris Bosh is coming off of his best game in a Heat uniform, and the team has shown to do well when he has a good game.  Miami is now 3-1 when Bosh scores 17 or more points.  The 35-points scored by Bosh on Wednesday is a season-high, and that was done in a game where he sat out the 4th quarter. 
  • Bosh also has had some serious success against the Bobcats over the past 3 seasons, averaging 27.8 points per game. 
  • Still just Mike Miller (thumb) on the injury report for Miami. 
  • For Charlotte, Dominic McGuire (shin) and Gerald Henderson (knee) are out. 
  • Gerald Wallace leads the Bobcats in points and rebounds per game with 18.5 points and 8.3 boards while shooting 47% from the field.  He struggled against the Heat last season though, averaging just 14.5 points on 33.3% shooting. 

Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30.  If you want to go to the game but don't have tickets, don't forget about Peninsula Is Mightier's new partnership with TiqIQ that not only helps you get tickets right here on PIM but they also search through several ticket selling websites and finds you the best deals out there. 

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