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Saturday: Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats

Bobcats vs. Heat

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Heat
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker14.93.9G, M. Chalmers10.42.9
G, G. Henderson13.94.6G, D. Wade18.45.0
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist11.45.8F, L. James25.55.5
F, J. McRoberts9.04.1F, U. Haslem3.02.5
C, A. Jefferson15.08.7C, C. Bosh17.36.4

Matchup to Watch

LeBron James vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor: The Bobcats’ deepest position is small forward, and they might need all 12 of MKG’s and Taylor’s fouls to contain the most efficient offensive weapon in the NBA.

Observations

• The Heat has won the past 12 meetings with the Bobcats, so it might take a breakup of Miami’s big three to change this trend.

But the defending-champion Heat has been vulnerable thus far, losing to the 76ers, Nets and Celtics in the season’s first two weeks.

• Michael Beasley is back with the Heat, the team that originally drafted him, after the Phoenix Suns waived him.

• Heat forward Udonis Haslem might not be a big scorer, but you have to keep an eye on him after the shot goes up. He has 1,475 career offensive rebounds.

Tap-ins

• Entering Friday night’s home game against the Mavericks, the Heat had made a 3 in 116 straight games

• Former Duke star Shane Battier has already taken seven charges this season for the Heat.

• The Heat is winless this season on Saturday (OK, they’re 0-1).

Did you know?

This is one of 21 sets of Bobcats games on back-to-back nights this season. The Bobcats tend to get a lot of back-to-backs because they request as many weekend home games as possible.

Rick Bonnell

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