You know its playoff time when Julia Dale is singing the national anthem, and we couldn’t be any happier. Finally, this what the city has been waiting for since… well the start of the season. Suddenly, the regular season story lines come to a halt, the critics banter vanish and all that matters is that our Miami Heat finds a way to win 16 games!
The quest started Sunday afternoon at the Heat’s house versus the Bobcats… or as the rest of the league knows them, “ The Team that Jordan Owns” (JUST KIDDING, NOT REALLY). If you are surprised that the Bobcats are even in the playoffs, you are not alone because we are too. But these are not your parents’ Bobcats. These 2013-14 Bobcats have managed to turn into a formidable defensive team ranking 4th in points allowed and topping the league in defensive efficiency amongst other defensive stats. They are good.
The Cats were looking to surprise the Heat and try to pull off a win a la the 2013 Bulls, and they were well on their way as they got off to a quick start. The Bobcats offense is relied heavily on there two stars, lighting fast Kemba Walker (20 points, 6 assists) and big man Al Jefferson, (18 points, 10 rebounds) who was lighting it up until his injury. But you’re going to need more than that to beat the Heat at home. Charlotte’s effort ultimately fell short.
As for the Heat, they started out flat. They were exhausted. Especially Wade who all season long has been part of the maintenance program designed to make sure he was fresh for the playoffs.
Wade mentioned, ”I was so tired. I was so happy when Rio (Chalmers) got his leg hit so we had to call the timeout. After that everything just settled in. It was that first rush of the playoffs and everything. But after that I felt fine.”.
Wade looked wonderful, explosive, aggressive and effective he totaled 23 points and 5 assists shootings 10-16 from the field on 34 minutes played. Lebron finished with 27 points and made a series of three pointers on transition that energized the team and the home crowd putting the final touches on a successful playoff opener.
MIA: Lebron James – 27 points, 9 Rebounds.
CHA: Kemba Walker- 20 points 5 Rebounds, 6 Assists.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 23: BOBCATS @ HEAT 7:00 PM