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Previewing Heat at Bobcats: Wade out, Ray struggling, Bosh surging

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte

TV/RADIO: Sun Sports/FM 104.3, AM 790 and WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

SERIES: Heat leads 27-10.

LINE: Heat by 7.

OFFICIALS: 

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RECORDS/STANDINGS: Heat 28-11/Second in the East///Bobcats 17-24/8th in East.

TRENDS/HEAT: 12-8 on the road; 6-4 in last 10; Won one; 18-9 against East; 8-1 against Southeast Division

TRENDS/BOBCATS: 9-11 at home; 3-7 in last 10; Won one; 14-13 against East; 1-6 against Southeast Division

INJURY REPORT/HEAT: Greg Oden (knee) probable, Shane Battier (quad) probable, Mario Chalmers (Achilles tendinitis) probable, Dwyane Wade (knee) out, Chris Andersen (knee) out, LeBron James (shoulder) probable.

INJURY REPORT/BOBCATS: Brendan Haywood (left foot) out, Jeffery Taylor (Achilles) out.

OF NOTE: The Heat snapped its three-game losing streak on Friday and then boarded a plane for Charlotte. Miami is 2-0 against the Bobcats this season and 5-2 on the second night of back-to-back. After missing four-straight games with pain in his Achilles tendon, Mario Chalmers returned to action on Friday and the Heat recorded 30 assists on 38 field goals. The Heat held the 76ers to 10 percent (2 of 20) shooting from three-point range. The Bobcats' starting lineup of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Al Jefferson, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker are 2-8 on the season.

STAT OF THE DAY: Ray Allen went 1 of 7 from the field and 0 of 4 from three-point range on Friday against the 76ers. Allen is 9 of 52 (17.3 percent) from the field and 3 of 29 (10.3 percent) from three-point range in the month of January.

STAT OF THE DAY II: Chris Bosh's scoring average is back up to 16.0 points per game after leading the Heat in scoring in the past two games. Bosh followed up his 26-point effort against the Wizards on Wednesday with 25 points against the 76ers.

STAT OF THE DAY III: The Heat's 101-86 victory against the Sixers marked the fifth time the Heat has had at least 30 assists in a game this season.

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Chalmers is back - we move the ball and win. Probably just a coincidence. PUT TONEY DOUGLAS in already...stupid SPO...we'll never win a championship with the video coordinator as coach.

You mean we will not win a third straight consecutive championship with SPO...right???? The video coordinator has already won two....lol

@ eyeballtwo. Thanks for the support over the years. Maybe we can hang out if you ever change your political views.

What do you want? A F-----ing cookie!!!!!

Yep. Total coincidence. We played the 76ers for God's sake.

After losing to the Knicks/Nets/Wizards, it doesn't matter now, does it?

And I hang out with people of all political views, but I do know what works and what has proven to fail time and time again.

How's that trickle down poverty working for y'all? I mean, uh, wealth redistribution.

Bring Justin Hamilton.

So Rio single-handedly blocked 12 shots, held Philly to 45% on 2pt tries (season avg = 49%), forced them into 2 for 20 on 3s and dished the Heat into 38 makes on 30 dimes?

Lol. That boi really IS underestimated!

C'mon Baller, there IS middle ground btw hating on the guy and deification. As Bosh noted, Chalmers did a great job of setting the offense & "finding guys" early (in the shotclock). And Rio did play a huge part in shutting down MCW or at least pressuring his handle into a -24 only-2-dime(avgs 7) 5-T/O nite.

But as James said, the *team* finally decided to "reboot the system". I read "system" as defense & especially the energy level required to make it work. 12 team blocks, 5 of them by CB, underscored that point.

Otherwise, would unquestionably agree watching the Heat reclaim their identity was all good no matter who the opponent.

I didn't give RIO total credit for the win, but do recognize what he brings to the table. Losing to the Nets without 3 starters, didn't make me jump ship, the sky wasn't falling, but realistically, we aren't going to play championship level ball 4 quarters of 82 regular season game. Just trying to even the conversation between wanting to trade RIO because he makes some bad turnovers (so does LBJ and Wade) and he is irreplaceable. On to the Cats.

Re "trickle down poverty?" Lol.

When the Trib-Review (a Scaife property) reports US companies currently park TRILLIONS abroad (Commerce est. $22tr for 2012) to avoid taxes, when Bloomberg reports the largest among those increased same by 15% last year, and how those very same companies can repatriate untaxed billions into the economy only to repark same + profits offshore when necessary, when WSJ discloses a JP Morgan study of 602 U.S. multinationals which found 60+% of their balance sheet cash overseas ...

Yeah, I'd say it's an effin miracle "trickle down poverty" isn't a gusher.

"... only to repark same + profits offshore [at any time]"

Posted by: eyeballtwo | Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 04:50 PM

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Agreed.

Whoa...pissing matches galore !

Wins are wins...even though it was the Sixers & Bobcats.

Yes...nice to see the "good" Chalmers & UD.

Ya'll gotta figure...huge 3-Peat challenge plus numerous off-the-court distractions, injuries & age of this team. Obviously keeping healthy is #1. It would be nice though to get a laugher win soon.

"Pissing matches?"

Where? Not here. Just fans stating their opinions and standing up for same. I don't see any1 jerking off just to put each other down. Nope. You must mean that "other" blog.

Great point, Taheati. Trickle down is a term republicans used under GW's 8 years. Make the rich richer and let it trickle down to the rest of us. Most of the profits just trickled down to off shore bank accounts. Unchecked greed is out of the bag. Good luck trying to put it back.

hoping Heat will let Toney Douglas go.....

bring in Andrew Bynum...

(don't let the PACERS have him)

THINK PAT RILEY SHOULD LOOK FOR CHRIS KAMAN ON THE LAKERS... AND MAKE TRADE FOR IT... GUESS KAMAN COULD PROBABLY PLAY ALONGSIDE WITH BOSH...

KAMAN COULD REALLY THE HEAT FOR 3PEAT...

PG CHALMERS
SG WADE
SF JAMES
PF BOSH
C *KAMAN

HEAT TRADE: TONEY DOUGLAS / CASH CONSIDERATIONS OR PLUS PITTMAN TRADE EXEMPTION (854,389) / JOEL ANTHONY (2,200)

OR MAYBE:

WAIVE: TONEY DOUGLAS

TRADE EITHER: JONES OR HASLEM / PLUS CASH...

THOUGHTS?

JUST SAYI'N...

KAMAN IS UNHAPPY FOR HIS ROLE ON D'ANTONI SYSTEM...

Happy MLK day!

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