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Basketball is back! The Miami Heat will open up the preseason at home against the Charlotte Hornets. Here's a preview with everything you need to know.

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It's been a long time...since April to be exact. But finally, the Miami Heat are back in action for all of us to see. The Heat, just days after opening training camp at FAU in Boca Raton, are opening the preseason at home. Plenty of things to look for and be excited about and we have all the details for you here.

Game Details:

Hornets (1-0) @ Heat (0-0)
Time: Sunday, October 4 @ 6:00 PM EST
Broadcast: Sun Sports FL

Probable Starters
Kemba Walker PG Goran Dragic
Nicolas Batum SG Dwyane Wade
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Luol Deng
Marvin Williams PF Chris Bosh
Al Jefferson C Chris Andersen

Injury Report:
MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside (calf strain), OUT; John Lucas III (leg soreness)
CHARLOTTE -- Troy Daniels (hamstring), Elliot Williams (hip flexor)

More from SB Nation on the Hornets: At the Hive

The Miami Heat concluded their away-from-home training camp in Boca Raton and are beginning exhibition play on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets. This was the longest offseason the Heat have had since 2008, and they can't wait to be back on the floor.

It will be out first look at Chris Bosh since returning from the blood clot illness that sidelined him for much of last season. And it will be our first time seeing Bosh and Dragic play together. The whole band is together to begin a preseason on the right foot, with the exception of Hassan Whiteside.

Their opponent? The Hornets are looking for a slimmed down Al Jefferson to take more control. They added Nicolas Batum in the offseason and seem to be putting a lot of trust in a PF rotation of Cody Zeller and rookie Frank Kaminsky behind Marvin Williams who is a bit undersized at PF. Kaminsky was taken once spot higher than Justise Winslow.

The Hornets are coming off a win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, 106-100 to star their preseason. Jeremy Lin's 17 points off the bench led the way. It should be a fun night, but remember, it's the preseason. The Heat will be playing a lot of players and no one is going to rack up a ton of minutes. If anything, hope to see some great contributions from those players looking for spot #15 on the roster, including James Ennis.

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