Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets-Miami Heat Pregame Report

With teammates Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts out for the season, Dwyane Wade is trying to push the Miami Heat to the playoffs.
With teammates Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts out for the season, Dwyane Wade is trying to push the Miami Heat to the playoffs. AP

Hornets at Heat

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, American Airlines Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Heat

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

17.9

3.7

G G. Dragic

16.1

3.5

G G. Henderson

12.0

3.5

G D. Wade

21.4

3.6

F J. Taylor

3.4

1.7

F L. Deng

14.2

5.0

F Ma. Williams

7.5

4.8

F U. Haslem

4.1

4.0

C B. Biyombo

4.6

6.1

C H. Whiteside

11.2

9.7

Matchup to Watch

Dwyane Wade vs. Gerald Henderson: Wade has been trying to play with a left knee contusion to get the Heat into one of the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Observations

▪ The Hornets have to do a lot of winning over their remaining games to reach the playoffs, but after losing to the Celtics and Pacers, beating the Heat would be extra important considering the standings.

▪ The Hornets have been playing without three starters – Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller. The Heat has had similar issues, losing Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts.

Tap-ins

▪ Gastonia’s Hassan Whiteside is questionable for the Heat with a right hand laceration.

▪ If the Hornets win Tuesday they would win the season series (3-1 record) and tiebreaker with Miami.

Did you know?

Dragic and Wade combine to shoot 49 percent from the field this season – the best-shooting backcourt in the NBA.

Rick Bonnell

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