AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Gametime: Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Television: ABC(locally on WSOC-TV)
Radio: WFNZ 610 AM
Season series results: MIA won season series 4-0
Scouting the Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats were the biggest surprise story in the NBA this past season, finishing with a 43-39 mark for their second winning season in the franchise's 10-year history, which is the last under the Bobcats moniker before they changing its name back to the Hornets next season, and the credit was indeed given to Al Jefferson, Steve Clifford, and the rest of the Bobcats that stepped up and turned it around during the regular season. Charlotte is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, when they got swept by the Orlando Magic, and their main objective entering this first-round match-up with Miami is this: Stop the "Legion of Doom", LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh in what promises to be an entertaining and fun first-round matchup.
Of course, the last time a Charlotte NBA team took on the Heat in the postseason was back in the 2001 NBA Playoffs, when the original Charlotte Hornets swept the Heat in 3 straight games in the opening round, but can lightning strike twice for the Bobcats? Only time will tell in this first-round series, which gets underway tomorrow in South Beach.
Scouting the Heat
The Miami Heat on the other hand, enters the 2014 NBA Playoffs looking for their unprecedented third straight title, and their 4th in the franchise's long 26-year history, and they open up their title defense against a Bobcats team that turned it around this season. When you think of the Heat, you have to talk about the "Legion of Doom" in LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade, and a bench that can totally turn up the scoreboard night in and night out like we saw last season.
Look for this series to be somewhat of a dogfight between the two, as the Bobcats and Heat open up their best-of-7 series tomorrow.
CHA vs. MIA Eastern Conference 1st Round Schedule
Game 1: Sunday at Miami(3:30 p.m., ABC/WSOC-TV)
Game 2: Wednesday at Miami(7:00 p.m., SportSouth and TNT)
Game 3: Next Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena(7:00 p.m., ESPN)
Game 4: April 28th at Time Warner Cable Arena(7:00 p.m., SportSouth)
*Game 5: April 30th at Miami(TBD)
*Game 6: May 2nd at Time Warner Cable Arena(TBD)
*Game 7: May 4th at Miami(TBD)
NOTES: All Bobcats playoff games can be heard locally on flagship station WFNZ-AM(610 The Fan) and throughout the Carolinas on the Charlotte Bobcats Radio Network; Bobcats playoff telecasts will be seen on SportSouth when ABC doesn't carry any games in the series.