Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at Miami Heat

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, right, can be the Heat’s rim-protector only so long as he stays out of foul trouble. It’s Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson’s job to draw those fouls.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, right, can be the Heat’s rim-protector only so long as he stays out of foul trouble. It’s Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson’s job to draw those fouls. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

8 p.m., American Airlines Arena

TV: TNT Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Heat

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

24.8

3

G G. Dragic

12.5

3.3

G C. Lee

9.8

3.3

G D. Wade

18.3

5.3

F M. Williams

3.5

7.5

F J. Johnson

10.5

4.3

F F. Kaminsky

5.8

3.3

F L. Deng

20.3

7

C A. Jefferson

14.3

6.3

C H. Whiteside

14.8

12.3

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson versus Hassan Whiteside: Whiteside can be the Heat’s rim-protector only so long as he stays out of foul trouble. It’s Jefferson’s job to draw those fouls.

Observations

▪  The Hornets are still awaiting word on whether Nic Batum (left foot strain) is available to play in Game 5. He sat out games 3 and 4.

▪  Chris Bosh traveled with the Heat to Charlotte, but is not expected to play in this series due to a blood clot issue.

Tap-ins

▪  Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade has appeared in 29 playoff series during his career. That is a Heat record.

▪ The Heat has won its past 13 home first-round playoff games.

Did you know?

The Heat is on an eight-game home winning streak, stretching back to mid-March. The Hornets were the last road team to beat the Heat on March 17.

Rick Bonnell

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