Feb. 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) dunks the ball past Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Charlotte Bobcats (16-53) at Miami Heat (54-14)

 

Breaking News: Dwayne Wade will NOT play tonight due to a sore right knee.  Mike Miller will start in his place.

Miami’s record in the past 10 games: (10-0)

Charlotte’s record in the past 10 games: (3-7)

Head-to-Head: (2-0)

Miami’s statistics in the past 10 games:

  • TS%: 59.1%
  • FG%: 49.9%
  • 3-FG%: 37.3%
  • FT%: 75.8%
  • Offensive Rating: 110 points scored per 100 possessions
  • Defensive Rating: 99.3 points conceded per 100 possessions
  • Net Rating: 10.7 point differential per 100 possessions

Charlotte’s statistics in the past 10 games:

  • TS%: 51.4%
  • FG%: 43.1%
  • 3-FG%: 35.1%
  • FT%: 75.0%
  • Offensive Rating: 101.8 points scored per 100 possessions
  • Defensive Rating: 111.3 points conceded per 100 possessions
  • Net Rating: -9.5 point differential per 100 possessions

Probable Starting Lineups:

Miami Heat

  • PG: Mario Chalmers
  • SG: Mike Miller
  • SF: LeBron James
  • PF: Udonis Haslem
  • C: Chris Bosh

Charlotte Bobcats

  • PG: Kemba Walker
  • SG: Gerald Henderson
  • SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • PF: Byron Mullens
  • C: Bismack Biyombo

Fast Break Points:

  1. Charlotte is playing a back-to-back; yesterday, they suffered a tough one-point loss against the Detroit Pistons.
  2. Miami is gunning for a 26-game winning streak.  In order to win, Miami needs to stop Kemba Walker, who is the initiator of the Bobcats’ offense.
  3. Kemba Walker has played 1400 more minutes than the next most-used player (Bismack Biyombo) and has a usage rate of 25%, which means he uses one out of every four Bobcats possessions.
  4. Miami needs to get off to faster starts.  Recently, they have been out-played in the first half — and expend a lot of energy to come back in the second half.  They need to play better in the first half, especially when rebounding, to avoid a first half deficit.

Shot Charts for each team:

Miami Heat Shot Chart

 

Charlotte Bobcats Shot Chart

 

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