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Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte.
When: Sunday April 27, 00:00 BST
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The Charlotte Bobcats have undoubtedly earned respect from the Miami Heat after the opening two games, but they will need more if they are to get off the mark heading into Game 3 down by two.
They will likely benefit from home comforts in this next encounter, but ultimately they have come up short thus far with Al Jefferson continuing to struggle with injury.
Nevertheless, guard Kemba Walker insists that they are still confident and he believes that his team can challenge the Heat and get a win after running them close in the opening two games.
Their inexperience hasn’t appeared to have limited them significantly, although inevitably Miami’s key players have made big plays when required to ensure that they protected home court.
In addition, the Heat have now won 18 straight against their rivals, and although Charlotte haven’t hosted a playoff game in four years, LeBron James is expecting a challenging night.
The two-time NBA champion conceded that ultimately their opponents are now desperate to win, particularly in front of their home crowd, and that only adds to the competitiveness of this series.
Coupled with the unpredictability of other match-ups in the post-season, anything could yet happen despite the unlikely result of Miami dropping such a commanding early lead.
However, they will have their temperament tested given Josh McRoberts was fined for his elbow on James. While the officials didn’t review the play, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has hit out at the decision and was confused as to how it didn’t get upgraded to a flagrant foul.
James in turn insisted that he can’t afford to react as he understands the important role he has for his team, claiming that this “isn’t the 80s” and he will not come out swinging.