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LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

He did get popped in the neck by Josh McRoberts in the fourth quarter, but it didn't cost him any playing time. McRoberts probably should have received a flagrant foul for in infraction and he might get a fine from the league. As for LeBron, he continues to own the Bobcats and has beat them every single time he's played them since joining Miami in 2010. The Heat will take a 2-0 lead to Charlotte for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:39 PM

Mario Chalmers (knee) played 30 minutes vs. the Bobcats on Wednesday with 11 points, two boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

He shot 3-of-3 to open the game, then missed his last four shots. Chalmers was a game-time call tonight due to a leg bruise, but it didn't seem like an issue. He was active on both ends of the court and is unlikely to be a game-time call again on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:30 PM

Mario Chalmers (knee) will play against the Bobcats for Wednesday's Game 2.

He was a game-time call for tonight due to a bruised knee and it sounds like he's ready to start. Coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about Chalmers' status about 30 minutes before this update and he said he was in "wait" mode, so Chalmers is likely not quite 100 percent. If for some reason his knee bothers him, Toney Douglas and Norris Cole would step up.
Apr 23 - 5:59 PM

Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) participated in the walkthrough portion of Wednesday's shootaround and he remains a game-time decision for Game 2.

"We're trying to keep him off his feet as much as possible," said coach Erik Spoelstra. He played through the injury during Game 1, finishing with seven points in 25 minutes, but if he can't suit up the Heat will deploy either Norris Cole or Toney Douglas as a fill-in starting PG.
Apr 23 - 11:03 AM

Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) was limited during Tuesday's practice and he's questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Bobcats on Wednesday.

He injured himself in the first quarter of Sunday's Game 1 matchup but continued to play through the injury, and coach Erik Spoelstra said that Chalmers "did make progress from [Monday]." If he's forced to sit out the Heat could start Norris Cole at PG, but Spoelstra has shown a preference to keep his second unit intact this season, so Toney Douglas could also get the start. We should have a more definitive update following Wednesday's shootaround.
Apr 22 - 3:29 PM

Mario Chalmers (shin) missed Tuesday's practice.

Chalmers took a shot to his right shin during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Bobcats and was the only Heat player to miss Tuesday's practice. The 27-year-old scored seven points in 25 minutes on Sunday and should be be available to suit up for Game 2 on Wednesday, but Norris Cole would get a bump in minutes if Chalmers is unable to play.
Apr 22 - 12:56 PM

Mario Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion in Sunday's win over the Bobcats.

He was a bit gimpy late in the game because his shin banged Chris Bosh's knee brace, but it didn't seem to affect him much. Chalmers scored seven points in 25 minutes on Sunday and it would be a shock to see him miss Game 2 on Wednesday.
Apr 20 - 7:02 PM

LeBron James made four 3-pointers during Game 1's 99-88 win over the Bobcats on Sunday, scoring a total of 27 points with nine boards, one assist and three turnovers.

The Heat had 11 3-pointers today and that was a big part of the win. Their offense clearly wasn't in rhythm with only 14 assists on their 35 field goals and only had 24 points in the paint. LeBron had a couple huge 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped swing the momentum to help the Heat dominate the early fourth quarter. He owned the Bobcats all season with 37.8 points per game in four games, so he's likely going to put up some massive numbers in this series.
Apr 20 - 6:45 PM

Dwyane Wade was superb in his 34 minutes of action on Sunday vs. the Bobcats, making 10-of-16 from the field for 23 points with one board, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He played with a ton of confidence and made his first 3-pointer since Feb. 3. Wade looked completely healthy and the Heat taking their foot of the pedal with Wade's workload seems like it's going to pay dividends. Of course, the Heat still have to win 15 more games if they want to have win their third consecutive title.
Apr 20 - 6:29 PM

Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive for Sunday's opening game vs. the Bobcats.

Miami will not need him to get past the Bobcats, so this isn't too much of a blow to the Heat. The injury doesn't seem to be very major, so Beasley could possibly be back for Game 2, but he could very well pick up a DNP-CD in that one as well.
Apr 20 - 2:06 PM

Dwyane Wade will not have any medical restrictions in the playoffs, according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

"I'm going to read his body language, I'm going to read the game," Spoelstra said. "But he's cleared to play. So neither one of us want to put a restriction on it, but we're also realistic and we'll be smart about it." Wade hasn't played more than 23 minutes in a game since late March and he didn't play in more than eight consecutive games all season, so it would be surprising if he doesn't rest at some point during the postseason.
Apr 19 - 2:22 PM

Michael Beasley (ankle) said he is fine.

Beasley rolled his ankle during Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Sixers. He'll be available for Game 1 against the Bobcats Sunday, but probably will end up as a DNP-CD.
Apr 18 - 1:52 PM

Dwyane Wade (knee) said he's feeling better to start this postseason compared to last postseason.

Wade added he wasn't concerned about continuity with LeBron James and how his last three games helped him. At the conclusion of the playoffs last year, Wade mentioned how much he battled through injury, which explains why the Heat managed him so severely this season. The bottom line is it looks like their plan worked and they'll look to win another title in June.
Apr 18 - 2:07 AM

Greg Oden played 14 minutes in Wednesday's finale and had two points and five rebounds.

Coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't ruled out starting Oden in playoffs, but says it depends on who they're playing. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen all took Wednesday off, but it looks like the Heat will be at full strength when they take on the Bobcats in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Apr 17 - 12:43 AM

Dwyane Wade hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

His owners probably couldn't care less that he showed up for the final two games of the season, as he was simply a headache to own all year. And if you owned Wade this season, chances are you won't be touching him next year. And we're right there with you. Toney Douglas and Ray Allen were the only other Heat players to score in double figures, as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and some others took the night off to rest. The Heat will play the Bobcats in Round 1, and will have to find an answer for Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson if they're going to breeze into Round 2.
Apr 17 - 12:01 AM


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