Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at Miami Heat

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21), a Gastonia native, had a triple-double in his last game against the Charlotte Hornets.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21), a Gastonia native, had a triple-double in his last game against the Charlotte Hornets. AP

7:30 p.m., American Airlines Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Heat

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

21.5

4.4

G G. Dragic

13.6

3.7

G C. Lee

9.8

2.5

G D. Wade

19.1

4.1

F N. Batum

14.6

6.3

F J. Johnson

12.3

3.8

F M. Williams

11.4

6.8

F L. Deng

12.2

5.7

C C. Zeller

9.0

62

C A. Stoudemire

5.4

4.4

Matchup to Watch

Dwyane Wade vs. Courtney Lee: Wade is among the most physical shooting guards in the league and has played this season like he’s still in his prime 24 points shy of 20,000 career points.

Observations

▪  The Heat is still waiting on whether Chris Bosh will recover from a blood-clot episode in time to rejoin them, possibly for the playoffs.

▪  The Heat leads the season series with the Hornets 2-1, so Miami can clinch a tiebreaker by winning this game.

Tap-ins

▪  The Heat added Joe Johnson, who arranged a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets in time to sign and be eligible for the playoffs.

▪  The Heat has been bringing center Hassan Whiteside, who grew up in Gastonia, off the bench recently. He had a triple-double (points/rebounds/blocks) in his last game against the Hornets.

Did you know?

The Heat has won 12 consecutive games against the Hornets in Miami.

Rick Bonnell

 
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