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Game Thread: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat (Game 1)

Game 1 - Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 5:30pm ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

Referees #41 Ken Mauer | #33 Sean Corbin | #14 Ed Malloy


Goran Dragic vs Kemba Walker | BB-R Comparison | PointAfter Comparison

Dwyane Wade vs Nicolas Batum + Courtney Lee | BB-R Comparison | PointAfter Comparison

Hassan Whiteside vs Cody Zeller + Al Jefferson | BB-R Comparison | PointAfter Comparison

Teams Profiles

Hornets Roster | Stats | Power Rankings | Shot Chart | Depth Chart

Heat Roster | Stats | Power Rankings | Shot Chart | Depth Chart

Gameday Links

-- SportVU Series Preview: (3) Heat vs. (6) Hornets

-- Inside the numbers of the Heat-Hornets 1st round matchup

-- Series preview: Can veteran Heat fend off young Hornets?

-- Hangtime Blog: Numbers preview - Hornets vs Heat

-- Back in the playoffs, Wade savoring opportunity
-- Still sidelined, Bosh addresses Heat before start of playoffs
Charlotte Observer:

-- Gameday: at Miami Heat

-- Five Keys to Hornets vs Heat series in NBA playoffs

-- Kemba Walker & Nic Batum: The Charlotte Hornets' twin engines

-- Dwyane Wade is still the Heat's closer

-- Hornets could not have asked for better playoff match than the Heat

Today's Fastbreak:

-- Hassan Whiteside's jumper is fool's gold

-- Josh Richardson is a rookie X-factor

-- Amar'e Stoudemire flourishing in new role

-- The Play: Heat dominate at 90'-style pace

At The Hive:

-- 2016 NBA Playoffs preview: Steve Clifford

-- 2016 NBA Playoffs player previews

-- Hornets vs Heat Game 1 Preview: And here... we ... go

-- Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Game 1 info and how to watch

Swarm & Sting:

-- Steve Clifford for Coach of the Year?
-- ESPN doubting the Hornets?

-- Jeremy Lin for Sixth Man of the Year?

-- Patrick Ewing linked to Sacramento Kings job

Queen City Hoops: Hornets at Heat 5-on-5 round-table preview

Sports Illustrated: 2016 NBA Playoff Predictions


-- Kemba Blog: Heading to Miami

-- Photo gallery: Hornets headed to Miami

-- Latest Buzz: Charlotte set to meet Miami in Round One

Hot Hot Hoops:

-- Podcast: Heat season review, playoff preview

-- Season series review: How the Heat and Hornets played each other this season

-- Scouting the enemy: Charlotte Hornets
All U Can Heat:

-- RTD: Deconstructing the Heat's playoff matchup with the Hornets
-- Final thoughts before Miami Heat's playoff return

-- Experts predict Heat to make Conference Finals

-- Heat Check podcast: Heat vs Hornets playoff preview

-- NBA Playoffs: Where do the Heat rank in the East?

-- Goran Dragic is the Miami Heat's playoff X-factor

-- Chris Bosh unlikely to return for NBA playoffs

-- Jalen Rose predicts Heat will advance to ECF

Miami Herald:

-- Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets: Who has the edge?
-- After successful season, Spoelstra shifts focus to playoffs

-- Assistant coach Keith Smart returns after cancer treatments

-- Hassan Whiteside hopes NBA protects him from 'bush league' fouls

-- Bosh has a message for Heat players: Don't take playoffs for granted

Miami Sun Sentinel:

-- Heat-Hornets first round matchup has a different feel two years later

-- Heat and Hornets enter playoff matchup full of confidence

-- A look back at Heat-Hornets season series


-- Heat vs Hornets playoff preview: player vs player breakdown

-- Five major keys to victory in Heat's first-round playoff match

-- Hassan Whiteside on teams that passed up on him: 'They know they messed up'

-- Jalen Rose explains what needs to happen for Heat to reach NBA Finals
Palm Beach Post:
-- Heat say Hornets are "like Golden State a little"
-- Whiteside can be Heat's best asset vs Hornets
-- Hassan Whiteside to start, Tyler Johnson out
The Charlotte Post: Hornets hungry to end NBA playoff drought
The Sports Quotient: Are the Hornets legitimate Eastern Conference contenders?
ESPN: Can Kemba Walker be the playoff hero Charlotte deserves?

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Hornets | Hornets PR | Rick Bonnell | Chris Kroeger | James Plowright | Hoops Hype Charlotte

Heat | Ira Winderman | Ethan Skolnick | Manny Navarro | Jason Jackson | Hoops Hype Miami

Last Meeting with the Miami Heat: Charlotte 109, Miami 106

March 17, 2016 at AmericanAirlines Arena – Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each scored 21 points, and the Hornets overcame a 15-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 109-106. Miami had a shot to force overtime, but Dwyane Wade's open 3-pointer was short and time expired. Luol Deng scored 22 points for the Heat, while Josh Richardson scored 18 and Hassan Whiteside added 17 for Miami. Nic Batum scored 19, Courtney Lee had 13 and Marvin Williams scored 12. "This is a good team and they've been playing very well," Wade said. "This is kind of Eastern Conference playoff basketball." Charlotte's lead was 82-73 going into the fourth, before Miami tried to rally. "It was intense," Clifford said. -- Game Recap

Odds and Predictions

Vegas: Hornets open as 4.5 point underdog

FiveThirtyEight: Charlotte with a 38% pre-game win probability

Covers: Matchup: Charlotte at Miami

Get More Sports: Hornets at Heat - preview and pick

Sports Chat Place: Pick, odds and prediction

The Spread: Charlotte at Miami advanced matchup report

Maddux Sports: Eastern Conference first round: #6 Hornets vs #3 Heat - Series preview and prediction

Game Chat HornetsPlanet Chatroom

Broadcast TV: TNT | RADIO: WFNZ 610 AM | Hornets Mobile App

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    Apr 13 2016 09:51 PM

    Anyone know if there's ever been a four-way tie in season records in the NBA? I'm sure there has been, but it seems like it'd be pretty rare.

    Apr 13 2016 10:30 PM
    Apr 13 2016 10:32 PM

    6 minute mark of that video. History will repeat itself again boys....

    If we shoot like we can and play smart, as long as they don't randomly get super hot we'll win this series in 6.  We're the superior three point shooting team and that's so important in the NBA now.  Whiteside scares me, but even he's still pretty inconsistent.  When he's playing well, the Heat are damn good.  But when he's struggling to make an impact the Heat aren't very good.  We have better shooters and a better bench, as long as Batum is healthy there's no reason not to really like our chances.

    Game 1 Sunday 5:30pm start. Glad we avoided an early game.
    Miami was trying like hell to avoid CHA. In honor of Grama, your fate awaits you.

    After a tremendous season, we finished tied for 3rd and ultimatly got the 6th seed which keeps us away from Clevland. Its time for the postseason. What do we need to do to beat Miami?


    A death-ball lineup - Kemba, Lee, Batum, Frank, Marvin. 

    I truly believe Hornets matchup well and can beat them in 6. They're just a deeper team. Don't know how much Clifford plans on tightening the rotation but I can see them going with a 10 man rotation.

    Key to the series is neutralizing Whiteside and my prediction is this series being Kemba's coming out party.
    Apr 14 2016 03:29 AM
    Super stoked we didn't draw Atlanta in the first round. I just didn't feel good about playing them. And thank God Boston won today, keeping us in 6th. If we weren't going to be 3rd, that's the best possible place to be in my opinion. It seems Clifford tonight didn't try to lose, but wasn't trying his hardest to win either. I have a feeling he wanted the 6 seed also.

    Didnt want the heat, wanted the Raptors instead.

    Still, we match up well against them and should be a cracking series

    Remember guys. Last time Kemba was in the playoffs he averaged 20/6/4/2 on 45/50/78 splits
    Apr 14 2016 06:20 AM
    I didn't like how we looked going into Washington but the Wizards obviously finished the season playing some of the best basketball all season that they played. In retrospect I jumped the gun.

    In a close EC the seeding does not matter too much for seeds 3-6. It could be very entertaining in those matchups.

    I hope we play in the first half like the final two games and not come out flat and get burned early like many other games late this season. Much harder to overcome a slow sluggish start and overcome large deficits.

    With that said, heres hoping for an exciting and successful playoff run for us!

    Vespa luctuosa
    Apr 14 2016 07:56 AM

    Thought we were losing to Atl in 5.  Do the math. 

    Vespa luctuosa
    Apr 14 2016 08:00 AM

    Any guess as to what time that game 4 on Monday April 25 would start?  Thinking of driving up from Charleston. 

    Miami had 5 points in q3.

    Apr 14 2016 09:53 AM

    Bleacher Report has us going to the ECF



    Apr 14 2016 10:22 AM

    Bleacher Report has us going to the ECF


    I feel we have a pretty good chance to get there! Especially since we avoid Cleveland. Love the respect our team is getting.
    I love our chances against the heat so long as bosh stays out. If he's even at 50% he could make things very difficult.

    Happy has hell the hornets have made the playoffs. Can't wait to see them on national tv

    Remember guys. Last time Kemba was in the playoffs he averaged 20/6/4/2 on 45/50/78 splits



    This stat doesn't get enough credit.  There's Kemba, and then there's Tournament Kemba.  


    I've been saying since Jeremy Lin's first real big game in Charlotte.   If you can somehow get Tournament Kemba to coincide with Linsanity... I'm not sure who (outside of Warriors) can beat us.  

    Apr 14 2016 11:22 AM

    If Whiteside becomes too disruptive of our interior offense, I wonder if Cliff should consider running with Hawes and Kaminsky together, to force Whiteside out of the paint. 

    If Whiteside becomes too disruptive of our interior offense, I wonder if Cliff should consider running with Hawes and Kaminsky together, to force Whiteside out of the paint.

    Take it a step further and run out the Frank/Marv frontcourt and make him actually guard someone who can put the ball on the floor from the perimeter. Boston had a lot of success countering Whiteside this year with the Olynyk/Jerebko pairing, forcing him out of his comfort area in the paint and beating him off the dribble.
    Apr 14 2016 08:39 PM
    Tight series and we advance to the second round in my prediction.
    Apr 15 2016 10:47 AM
    Should we start AL or keep him as our scorer off the bench?

    Should we start AL or keep him as our scorer off the bench?


    I cannot think of any strong reason to change the line up that got you here unless something surfaces in this match-up that makes you have to alter the complexion of the roster.  And since the biggest new shiny thing in my mind for our team in this match-up is JJ, I am more thinking that the line up change you might see is to put a bigger cover on him to start if he proves to be the Hawks' JJ, not the Nets' JJ.  In other words, we've faced HW and we need to alter how our guards play with him (I thought it was a mistake to keep going at him here in CLT - they never seemed to adjust to kick out).  I also would prefer we pull HW away from the basket more than leave him covering someone in the low post where he can come off that to deter shots at the rim.