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Game 7 Preview: Heat look to advance to 2nd round at home vs Hornets

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The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets are coming down to a decisive Game 7 in South Florida on Sunday afternoon.

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Game 7.

It's not fun how you get there because it involves losing, but once you are there, there is nothing better than it in the NBA. And the Miami Heat have a chance to continue to write their story on their season on Sunday afternoon in Miami.

For Dwyane Wade, a chance to shot he can still do this thing, not just without LeBron James, but also without Chris Bosh. This would be his first series win without them since 2006. So, it's pretty important to him and Udonis Haslem.

For Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside, it's a chance to extend their first taste of the playoffs in their young careers. It's a chance to shine in the biggest moment, one that surely one of them will have the chance to do.

For Goran Dragic, it's chance to show why he was worth $16 million a season even though he is untested in the NBA Playoffs. Now, he is being tested.

All around the Miami Heat -- from Luol Deng, Joe Johnson and even to coach Erik Spoelstra -- there is something on the line. And all of them have a lot to play for in Game 7.

Game Details:
Game 7 @ Miami // Sunday, 1:00 PM EST
TV: ABC / Radio: 790

Injury Report:
Miami - Chris Bosh, OUT, Josh Richardson, questionable
Charlotte - Spencer Hawes, OUT, Nicolas Batum, questionable

Probable Starters
Kemba Walker PG Goran Dragic
Courtney Lee SG Dwyane Wade
Marvin Williams SF Joe Johnson
Frank Kaminsky PF Luol Deng
Al Jefferson C Hassan Whiteside

KEY TO THE GAME
Effort. Game 7 is going to be won on effort. Boxing out, loose balls, finishing possessions, moving the ball, communicating, etc. Everything outside the X's and O's is going to decide this game. The crowd, hopefully, is a huge factor for the Heat in this game.

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