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2014 NBA playoffs: There are plenty of things the Miami Heat is going to do to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats can’t afford to be doing things to themselves. Like turnovers – which they did in their 99-88 playoff-opening loss at American Airlines Arena.

If Al Jefferson isn’t effective, the Charlotte Bobcats have no chance to beat the Miami Heat. If Jefferson ceases to be Big Al, if plantar fasciitis limits what he can do when he has the ball as well as when Miami has it, Charlotte’s season ends quietly.

2014 NBA playoffs: After three quarters of Game 1, the Miami Heat had shot 20 free throws and the Charlotte Bobcats had shot five. In the second quarter, the Bobcats didn’t shoot a single free throw. In the second quarter Miami was called for one foul.

2014 NBA playoffs: Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford was up in the air about whether he’d tighten his playing rotation for the playoffs against the Miami Heat. Clearly he didn’t, playing nine guys in the first half. The only ones who didn’t check in: Jannero Pargo, Anthony Tolliver and DJ White.


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