Can Charlotte Stand The Heat?

 

It was only a couple of days ago LeBron James was named the most sylish athlete of the year by GQ, and on Saturday the Heat Forward will be looking to turn on the style against a Bobcats side who lie just inside the Eastern Conference play-off places.

Miami’s fine run of form has seen them win their last eight as they look to assert early season dominance on the rest of the conference. James, had his tail up on Monday evening against the Suns, shooting 35 points on only 14 shots as he lead his side to a 107-92 victory, whilst his 30 points in Charlotte just a few weeks ago helped his side demolish the Bobcats 97-81.

It was the 13th time this season the Florida side have scored at least 100 and a rejuvinated Dwyane Wade also looked to be back to his best at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Scoring 21 and a season-high 12 assists, sitting out the last two games looks to have done him the world of good before they approach a busy period, starting with the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

The Bobcats however haven’t had it easy this week. Defeat on Monday to the Celtics highlighted a weakness in the middle periods for the side owned by Michael Jordan, going down 33-17 in the second quarter, and will begin to worry the North Carolinans, especially up against an on-song James. It was repeated again in their defeat to the Suns, going down 28-20 in the second, whilst in the reverse fixture just a few weeks ago Miami hit them late.

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It will be an incredibly tough fixture for Charlotte, who also have also been convincingly beaten by the Pacers this week making it a two-game losing streak but Kemba Walker’s recent performances will buoy the Southeast division side.

To say the Point Guard’s season so far has been inconsistent is an understatement, but a good week for him has seen him pick up 28 points against the Celtics and an impressive 31 against the Nets. Walker has picked up post-25 scores a number of times this season but has been absent too often which is perhaps telling in the team’s nine losses this season.

A tie against the struggling Bucks at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday could boost the Bobcats’ confidence before a trip to Miami but they will need an awful lot of confidence to take down the Heat who are favourites to take the NBA Championship for a second year running.

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