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Charlotte Bobcats - Miami Heat: Game 3 Observations

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David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) fouls Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half in Game 3 of the 1st round Eastern Conference playoffs series at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2014. The Heat won, 98-85.

• The Bobcats crowd gave Miami Heat superstar LeBron James the J.J. Redick treatment – booing him every time he touched the ball.

• The Bobcats did a video montage during a timeout with a “soul” theme. As in for Josh McRoberts, “the soul to defend our basket.” I’m thinking Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would be on the other side of that.

• A little staging problem when kids came out to dance between the first and second quarters. They all just stared at each other nervously when they never got the right cue.

• That $20,000 fine from the NBA, for the hard foul on James, sure seemed to raise Josh McRoberts’ energy level. Looked like a guy with a point to prove.

• There was a play in the second quarter where Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did precisely the right thing guarding James in the post. Blew up the play, and then James found Chris Anderson underneath the rim. James’ instincts as a passer are special.

• Bobcats coach Steve Clifford talked constantly last week about how it was imperative the Bobcats play mistake-free. That Gerald Henderson turnover, leading to three James free throws, late in the first half, epitomized what worried Clifford.

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