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Chalmers appears to have twisted his whatever again.
LeBron stripped in the lane. You don't see that much.
A shame Jeff Taylor got hurt, They sure could have used him right now.
We had to leave the gym to let them change out of their Sunday clothes. That's a new experience.
MKG's fourth foul. Puts Gerald Henderson in the potential torture chamber against LeBron.
Kemba Walker makes most of the James Jones defensive experience. Figure Bobcats to load up on screen-rolls with Jones.
LeBron hit in the face. Tells Jones he's OK.
James Jones switched onto Kemba Walker is not going to work.
Clifford's defensive keys: 1) Get back in transition. 2) Protect paint. 3) Close out & contest. 4) Defend w/o fouling. 5) Block out & board.
Kidd-Gilchrist with fourth foul with 7:45 left in third. This is when LeBron can go to work.
The irony of big Al biting on an exaggerated pump fake is just too rich
Most of the warriors came straight to practice from Easter service at mark Jackson's church.
Chris Bosh with the pumpfake, and then the dribble and drive. That's the guy Miami needs.
Bosh pump fakes Jefferson and walks around him. This could get Hibbert-like for Bobcats.
This is definitely more fun than covering a coaching search. Just sayin...
James Jones is the first option off the bench in the third quarter. Jefferson now guarding Bosh.
The Bruins are counter-attacking well and showing better precision than Game 1, where they were mostly crashing the net to get chances.
James Jones first Heat sub off bench in second half. They are going small to make Al Jefferson have to move on defense.
James Jones first off the bench in the second half.
More James Jones.
Gerald Henderson sat on that drop step.
Gerald Henderson ties up Dwyane Wade under rim for a jump ball.
Mario Chalmers just turned a 2-on-1 fastbreak into . . . nothing.
Jefferson still isn't even making it halfway down the court on offense. Bobcats will need to wait for him.
It's as if the Heat had too heavy of a meal at halftime. No one seems willing to work.
First boos of the postseason. Not loud... yet.
Second straight game Lucic hits the Red Wings where it hurts
Tremendous defense by MKG on those LeBron isos.
Krug gets an assist, but the secondary assist was really by Lucic.
Heat have been challenged more in this game than all of last year's first-round series vs. Milwaukee.
Tournament winning bunker shot?! KUCH!
Once the Bobcats are eliminated, Josh McRoberts will resume his gig as the bass player for the Allman Brothers. AK
Chris Bosh is not consistently engaged today. This is strange, since he seemed so anxious to get to the postseason.
Michael Beasley is wearing skinny jeans?
The Heat struggle whenever they become a jump-shooting team. The Bobcats have turned them into one.
Bobcats begin the second half with an 8-0 run. Timeout Spoelstra.
Bobcats take back lead at 50-49 on MKG's layup. Thinking the Bobcats' best hope is Chris Bosh taking many more jump shots.
Miami’s Haslem starting lineup struggles again.
Prince: “I was very dehydrated. I had a high fever. I just felt extremely weak. I’m not 100%. But I’ll be ready to go.”
Look at those Kittehs!
Heat were up 11 late in second period, now down 50-49. Still far too many casual minutes from this team.
Miami start second half with no energy. Stop me if you've seen this be----
(5/6) "and I'm only calling y'all wussies because I don't want to get the FCC pissed off at me." - Charles Barkley
(4/6) "Because I'm an Indiana fan for everything y'all stand for. But to come out and play like flat wussies
MKG becomes last Bobcats starter to score. He'd played 12 minutes.
(3/6) "But 2 come out & play like wussies the last month of the season, get a fresh start & 2 come out @ home last night I was disappointed
Bosh 2-of-7 from the field.
(2/6) "And you got Larry Bird in your front office. You've got a terrific coach in Frank Vol, Vogel, excuse me...
Defensive strategy worked. Mavs just didn't finish the job on offensive end. Held Spurs to 90 points, can't do much better.
(1/6) Barkley: You guys talk all that noise all year. 'We want home court.' And then you come out last night and play like dogs.
None of yall remember that We Gon Make It beat was originally sold to Ras Kass, huh?
It's the beat that Alchemist sold twice!
Garnett said sometimes it gets to point where he has to "pull him to the side and give him some real s#!%, say some real s*@#."
A lot of people tweeting halftime show comments at me. One of the best things about covering games is that I don't watch them.
Puck appears to not deflect off the skate.
Red Wings cut deficit to 1 on a goal by Glendening. The play is under review.
Nice of Simmons to already downgrade any postseason success of the Heat because of the East's level of competition.
KG was very introspective today. Gave it straight when asked him about Deron. Said: "I think Deron's biggest problem had been Deron."
I hope we're headed for a Heat-Thunder Finals. With all key players healthy for the duration.
Pierce on Deron: "He has a huge responsibility on this team and that's why he gets paid the big bucks, because we need him to do everything"
Dallas had San Antonio right where they wanted them. Just weren't ready. Missed a boatload of shots. Wide open jays off pick and roll.
Tweeting what was supposed to be DM could've turned out far worse.
Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic (strained right calf) is out indefinitely, according to the team.
Spurs win with classic case of pick your poison. Mavs concentrated on the 3-pt line, held Spurs to 3-17. Gave Duncan room, scored 27 pts.
So the Pauley lot I thought I'd be parking at the turnabout is no more. Whoops.
Tobias Harris: Magic forward. Tobias: clear chair at IKEA. http://t.co/ax96xE9lxU
Now that James Jones is playing, I wonder who takes over the role of taking pregame food orders in the locker room.
"If I could walk on water..."
Heat end second quarter with a 25-16 push, lead Bobcats 49-42 at half.
Buzzer-beating shots make me so grateful that no one in this game has to yell "Horn!" while looking down at a stopwatch.
Halftime: Heat 49, Bobcats 42. Huge differential in free throws -- 16 for Miami, 4 for Charlotte.
Kemba with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Heat 49, Bobcats 42 at halftime.
Heat lead 49-42. Wade looked good, and both PGs played well. Jefferson's injury hangs over Bobcats.
Come on. You know when you watch Josh McRoberts you're reminded of Eddie Money's greatest hits.
Heat 49, Bobcats 42 at half. LeBron with 12, Wade with 10, Jefferson with 14 and a bum foot that makes it impossible for him to move.
Al Jefferson moving around like Al Roker out there. Hope he can fight through this. Waited too long for this opportunity.
Just get used to it: there will never be a Heat "rotation" this season. It's a minute to minute thing.
Tayshaun Prince practiced and will start Game 2 vs Thunder. Prince played just 4 minutes due to illness in Game 1
Not bad. But spent the morning working, then went to practice and now writing a couple of stories.
Gerald Henderson with the tough task of guarding LeBron James.
Heat with three 6'8" guys and two PGs.
It's laughable to me when people try to compare Mario Chalmers and George Hill. Chalmers makes plays.
James Jones can sit for six months and get someone to foul him on a 3.
James Jones gets ALL THE CALLS.
Marchand and Datsyuk continue to go at it as Noseface Killah gets tripped.
James Jones with his first transition basket since American Senior High
Nine-point Heat lead -- turnover leads to fast break, gets crowd involved.
LeBron with a spot-up, above-the-break three-pointer and now James Jones with a driving fast-break layup. Heat 45, Bobcats 36 2Q 1:06
that pass by Chalmers
yes, James Jones is now a trailer on the break.
James Jones just scored a transition layup . . . in 2014.
THE PASS BACK TO JAMES JONES
All these folks clowning CDR's hairdo, do the right thing and please turn in your VHS copy of House Party 17 at your local Goodwill. Thanks!
Goes without saying, Bull.
Bruins blow their chance to score on a no stick Howard
Henderson’s next up on LeBron. Curious to see how this plays out. This is probably Charlotte’s best offensive lineup but can it defend.
I enjoy watching Al Jefferson play defense as much as I enjoy watching Michael Kidd-Gilchrist take jump shots.
Gary Neal coming in for MKG.
Al Jefferson can't even get in position to grab an offensive rebound
Making Jefferson guard Bosh with his current mobility is cruel.
Birdman freak factor > Chris Douglas-Roberts
Bosh blows dunk, but had the right idea. Jefferson steps out, go by him.
Nothing wrong with a little aggression from Bosh, even if it's a missed dunk.
James Jones with his first rebound of the season.
Bosh joins the playoffs to give the Heat its first lead. Heat 37, Bobcats 34 3:48 2Q
Miami leads 37-34. Jefferson laboring, but Bobcats don't have another option. Need to play through him.
Heat going small now with LeBron at 4 and James Jones added as a shooter. Remaining 3:48 until halftime could get dicey.
Heat takes the lead on Dwyane Wade's transition layup with about 4 minutes left in the half. First fast-break points Heat has scored.
LeBron James hit ahead was picture perfect
James Jones comes in, and LeBron slides to the 4.
And now . . . a Heat lead.
Bosh scores for first time with 4:55 left in second period, on 3-pointer (of course).
Dirk: "I'm always frustrated after a loss, so maybe I'll see the positive tomorrow."
Took Chris Bosh 14 minutes to score.
When pressed to elaborate, Duncan said he doesn't "know what that number" is. But "a couple" is generally at least two. Right?
Yeah that aint gonna work for CDR
Finally, a Chris Bosh sighting.
Beautiful set to get LeBron in the post. It’s going to be tough for Charlotte to prevent those duck-ins with Jefferson’s lack of mobility
Al Jefferson is is moving like Mike Miller used to. And he's knocking down jumpers.
Al Jefferson really hobbling up and down the floor...
Reassuring to hear Tim Duncan say he has only "a couple more" playoff runs in him. Would seemingly suggest this is not his last then. Right?
My foot hurts watching Al Jeffersno hobble around like this. If the Heat turn up the pressure and run, Big Al has to go to the bench.
James Jones in the game. Important Bobcats close out on him. He can burn you from perimeter.
Al Jefferson is playing on one leg and the Heat still can't get what they want offensively vs. the Bobcats.
In search for shooting, James Jones to enter now for Heat. Wonder if these could have been Beasley minutes (he's inactive).
Norris Cole tribute video during the timeout. Dubbed to Coldplay, of course.
Big Al is gonna need those three days between games. Obvious he's hurting.
James Jones about to enter.
Al Jefferson's foot is clearly bothering him.
Right now, Eddy Curry could probably beat Al Jefferson down the court.
Birdman just tried to dunk on McRoberts and hair went everywhere.
James Jones was at the scorer's table ready to check into the game before that timeout.
Among the misses were a straight-away from 3 for Dirk, followed by his point-blank putback. Money shots you'd kill for, just didn't go.
Jefferson barely making it up and down the court on that bad foot.
James Jones set to check in.
Chris Bosh has been pretty much invisible.
Dallas promptly missed 12 of last 13 shots, scored 4 points over final 7:22 after taking largest lead at 81-71.
When I 1st heard the "We The North" line, I didn't luv it. The more I watch the commercial...the more the line sinks in, the more I like it
Jefferson appears extremely uncomfortable. Even more reason for Miami to push tempo.
Good to see CDR playing some playoff ball. Word to Doug E. Doug circa 1994.
Michael Beasley, for the record, appeared to be walking fine in locker room before game, while eating his Skittles.
Clifford told me: "McRoberts doesn't get enough credit. In the NBA, your bigs have to make multiple-effort plays; you can't teach that."
McRoberts got my postseason awards vote in the Most Hirsute category.
McRoberts outscoring Bosh 8-0. Yes, that's quite a surprise.
McRoberts came into this season w/ 58 3's. He made 105 this season. Took more 3's than 2's.
General consensus in Mavs locker room, We blew a big opportunity after holding Spurs to 90 pts, three 3s, 43 FG%.
Whoa. Did anyone catch Patrick Ewing's suit? Was that a tribute to Craig Sagers too?
Jefferson not moving as well on the court.
<3 you Andrelton
Chris Bosh is barely moving at game speed, playing at a slower rather than others.
Jefferson didn't move past the Charlotte FT line on offense.
Al Jefferson noticeably limping after returning to the game. He's still hurt.
McRoberts 8, Bosh 0. That can't happen in that matchup.
Big Al and Kemba back in.
Appears that Heat players missed the McRoberts page of the scouting report. He makes that shot now.
I want to go to the barber shop with McRoberts and CDR.
What are the odds of the East finals being without Indy or Miami?
Spoelstra goes 9 deep, now going with 2 bigs, even with Jefferson sitting.
After a stretch of bad luck during the season, can we get through the NBA postseason injury-free?
Happy Easter from my "Pugs Bunny!" http://t.co/98ePZ9jIxo
CDR's hair, though.
Chris Bosh re-enters, still looking for first point or rebound.
Norris Cole just used Luke Ridnour.
Best Norris Cole has played all season.
Big game for Norris Cole thus far.
Just a fun question. I get why the Jazz did the D-Will deal, and what would their ceiling be with Millsap/Big Al?
After being hacked on twitter, I'm officially back.
Al Jefferson back on Bobcats' bench.
Norris Cole with five points after that three-pointer from Wade. McRoberts answers with a three of his own. Bobcats 26, Heat 22
Rashard Lewis' primary job defensively is to close out on McRoberts. Can't hesitate when doing it.
Big reason Charlotte’s offense has picked up as the season’s progressed: McRoberts is more willing to take that wing three.
Don't be surprised if you see some Zeller-McRoberts pairings this series.
The resurrection of Norris Cole just might be under way.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel on possible lineup or rotation changes: “We’ll see. … I’m not telling.”
Wade, Cole, Allen, Birdman and Rashard Lewis to begin the second quarter.
George said he spoke to Vogel about drawing the Teague assignment
Second quarter starts. Bobcats up 23-19. Jefferson still not on the bench.
Overall a sloppy first quarter for the Heat to begin the postseason. Shooting 38.9 percent from the field. Wade is a positive, though.
Left plantar fascia strain for Al Jefferson. Will return.
Paul George said containing Teague isn’t on one guy but everybody. They will throw different looks at him, one being PG checking him.
Al Jefferson with a left plantar fascia strain, to return.
Al’s been dinged up for a couple weeks now. Remember that he went out in the regular-season finale.
End of first: Bobcats 23, Heat 19.
Frank Vogel did not want to reveal possible adjustments for Game 2 (makes sense) but one could be Paul George on Teague, per Paul George
Bobcats hammering LeBron every time he steps into the paint. James is 4 of 6 from the free-throw line. Bobcats 23, Heat 19 after 1Q.
Bobcats team physician headed back to locker room.
Bobcats up nine earlier, take 23-19 lead into second period against Heat. Wade with six, LeBron with six. Jefferson with eight.
Appears that Erik Spoelstra was serious with the whole “Rashard Lewis in the rotation” thing. Might want to stop that.
Hope Al Jefferson is ok.
Carlisle: "I love a lot of things we did today. But it's a 48-minute game, and the last seven minutes, we have to finish better."
Jefferson went into the locker room with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting.
Clips certainly understand the severity if they start with two home losses. But it’s 0-1. A bit early for asking about making a last stand.
Hoping the best for Al Jefferson. This Bobcats lineup is … yikes.
For a second, I thought CDR was wearing Google Glass.
Al Jefferson limped to locker room. Hurt in last game, and returned.
Huge ovation for Marchand, who, of course, was the guy in the middle of the fight.
Al Jefferson back in the locker room. No details yet on what's up.
Al Jefferson just limped into the locker room.
Charlotte center Al Jefferson limped into the locker room moments ago.
It's very early, but the internet will likely melt if the Heat lose Game 1.
Charlotte with an extremely offensive-challenged lineup. Miami needs to win these matchups big.
Up until that ad, the not other commercial endorsement that Carhartt ever received was in black&white music videos for 90s NY rappers
Carhartt got national TV ad money??
Great Moments in Media History: Jamal Crawford was asked today if the Clippers’ backs are against the wall.
There’s been so many powerplays in this first period, it’s been weird watching so much even strength play.
Right shin contusion for Chalmers. Heat say he will return.
Mario Chalmers is back on bench.
Right shin contusion for Heat, who say he will return.
Chris Douglas-Roberts getting time for the Bobcats in the first quarter against the Heat. The Knicks cut him in training camp.
Great save by Howard, who gloves a Soderberg wrister that was so fast you could barely see it.
Four reserves and Big Al to close the first quarter. Obviously Clifford isn't tightening his rotation.
Steve Clifford & Tom Thibodeau were assistants on that 2000 Knicks team. Thankfully, Dolan fired those 2 bums. Whatever became of them?
Birdman in for Bosh. Bosh didn't score or record a rebound in the first quarter.
How was not an offensive foul on LeBron?
So far, it's been more of second-half-of-the-season Heat. Charlotte 9 of 13 from field, up 9-3 on boards.
Vintage Gary Neal
Really impressive work by Howard on the last few plays, sending a ripper wide with plenty of bodies blocking his sight lines.
Mavs lose game 1 in SA, 90-85. A stretch of 7:44 w/out FG made in 4th dooms Mavs. Devin Harris w/ 19 for Mavs while Duncan has 27 for Spurs
Norris Cole has forced a pair of turnovers since entering the game. Heat guards are carrying the team at this point.
America runs on Dunkin and the Spurs still run on Tim Duncan! At 37, Duncan had 27 points (12-20 FG, 3-5 FT) and 7 rebounds in Game 1 today.
Turnover No. 4. This is exactly what worried Clifford pre-game.
Kemba Walker has been loose with the ball early. Charlotte is a low turnover team, but Cole can pressure him into mistakes.
ATTENTION UNIVERSE: Jozy Altidore drew the penalty that caused the first loss at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches under Jose Mourinho!!!
Key play of Game 7 in 2000; Larry Johnson's entry pass to old man Patrick, who spun and dunked on Alonzo. Oh yes he did.