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PreHeat: Heat (54-24) face hobbled Bobcats (32-46)

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Miami Charlotte
Heat Bobcats
54-24 Record 32-46
(3rd) 111.5 Off Rtg 102.8 (27th)
(5th) 103.7 Def Rtg 107.4 (17th)
(20th) 91.1 Pace 89.7 (25th)
(8th) 102.1 Pts/G 92.9 (29th)
(8th) 95.0 Opp Pts/G 97.0 (11th)
(9th) 42.3 Rebs/G 40.6 (20th)
(27th) 19.8 Assists/G 20.9 (20th)
Likely Starters
Mike Bibby PG DJ Augustin
Dwyane Wade SG Gerald Henderson
LeBron James SF Dante Cunningham
Chris Bosh PF Boris Diaw
Erick Dampier C Kwame Brown
Mike Miller 6th DJ White
Matchup Series 3-0
American Airlines Arena
7:30 PM EST
Sun Sports / 1080 AM
Injury Report:
Heat: Udonis Haslem (left foot surgery - out indefinitely)
Dwyane Wade (bruised right thigh - day to day)
Bobcats: Stephen Jackson (strained hamstring - day to day)
Eduardo Najera (lower back spasms - out indefinitely)
Shaun Livingston (bruised tailbone - day to day)
Desagna Diop (ruptured right Achilles - out for season)
Joel Przybilla (right knee - out for season)
Tyrus Thomas (sore left knee -day to day)

Game Notes:

  • Miami and Boston currently hold the same 54-24 record with 4 games remaining for each. Boston owns the tiebreaker thanks to their 3-0 record against the Heat so far this season.
  • Amongst a myriad of injuries, the Bobcats have missed Stephen Jackson for the last 4 games, going 0-4 in his absence. The team's leading scorer is highly questionable for tonight's game, a big loss for a team who struggles to score buckets as it is.
  • The Bobcats' loss to the Magic last Wednesday mathematically eliminiated them from playoff contention.