Mar 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (55) and point guard Luke Ridnour (13) in the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats series preview

The Miami Heat (54-28) breezed through another regular season and that has drawn concern from some pundits. After all, the two-time defending champs were a league-best 66-16 last season and this year, they will not have home court advantage in a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Indiana Pacers and will also have to hit the road if they play any of the top three seeds in the Western Conference (San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder & Los Angeles Clippers) in the NBA Finals.

The Charlotte Bobcats (43-39) were arguably the most improved team, going from 21 wins last season to 43 this season.

Series Schedule: 

Game 1 in Miami: Sunday, April 20, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC Miami Heat tickets
Game 2 in Miami: Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 in Charlotte: Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 in Charlotte: Monday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 in Miami (if necessary): Wednesday, April 30
Game 6 in Charlotte (if necessary): Friday, May 2
Game 7 in Miami (if necessary): Sunday, May 4

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Season Series: Heat won 4-0

Charlotte Bobcats    Miami Heat
Al Jefferson Chris Bosh
Josh McRoberts Shane Battier
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist LeBron James
Gerald Henderson Dwyane Wade
Kemba Walker Mario Chalmers

 

Charlotte Bobcats  Miami Heat
 Pace 94.73 93.26
 Offensive Rating 101.2 109.9
 Defensive Rating 101.2 102.9

 

The Bobcats have had an extremely impressive turnaround behind the signing of Al Jefferson and the hiring of Steve Clifford as head coach. Kemba Walker’s improvement has also played a huge part in their success. Still, the Miami Heat are considered a heavy favorite and should make pretty quick work of the Bobcats.

Tags: Al Jefferson Charlotte Bobcats Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Kemba Walker Lebron James Miami Heat NBA Playoffs 2014 Ray Allen

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