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Where: Game 2 – American Airlines Arena, Miami.
When: Thursday April 24, 00:00 BST
The Charlotte Bobcats will be hoping to get off the mark in their opening round playoff series against the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
However, they are likely to have to do so without their influential star Al Jefferson, who is a doubt for the encounter with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot, and that could be a significant blow to their chances of making this series competitive.
LeBron James has insisted that his team must remain focused regardless of whether or not Jefferson features, and after shaking off a slow start in the 99-88 win on Sunday, they will be keen to get this series completed as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, point guard Mario Chalmers could also be in doubt to play as he struggles with a bruised shin, while Dwyane Wade conceded that he is still “working my way back” after missing a nine-game stretch at the end of the regular season with a hamstring strain.
Nevertheless, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will look to continue to make the most of his roster as he insists that everyone needs to contribute, particularly given that Charlotte went 13-4 since January in games after a defeat.
To win in Miami is a completely different proposition though, especially when considering the run that the defending champions are on against the Bobcats, and it remains to be seen whether or not the likes of Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can make any sort of in-roads.
The Heat will be confident of defending their home court again, and a win would undoubtedly put them in a strong position to progress.