Ira Winderman

Chalmers appears to have twisted his whatever again.

Rick Bonnell

LeBron stripped in the lane. You don't see that much.

Royce Young

Kemba Walker has gone ballistic. Playoff machine updating: cbsprt.co/1lp3fu7

Rick Bonnell

A shame Jeff Taylor got hurt, They sure could have used him right now.

Tim Kawakami

We had to leave the gym to let them change out of their Sunday clothes. That's a new experience.

Rick Bonnell

MKG's fourth foul. Puts Gerald Henderson in the potential torture chamber against LeBron.

Ira Winderman

Kemba Walker makes most of the James Jones defensive experience. Figure Bobcats to load up on screen-rolls with Jones.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron hit in the face. Tells Jones he's OK.

Mike Prada

James Jones switched onto Kemba Walker is not going to work.

Jared Zwerling

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.

Ira Winderman

Kidd-Gilchrist with fourth foul with 7:45 left in third. This is when LeBron can go to work.

Amin Elhassan

The irony of big Al biting on an exaggerated pump fake is just too rich

Tim Kawakami

Most of the warriors came straight to practice from Easter service at mark Jackson's church.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Chris Bosh with the pumpfake, and then the dribble and drive. That's the guy Miami needs.

Ira Winderman

Bosh pump fakes Jefferson and walks around him. This could get Hibbert-like for Bobcats.

Rick Bonnell

This is definitely more fun than covering a coaching search. Just sayin...

Joseph Goodman

James Jones is the first option off the bench in the third quarter. Jefferson now guarding Bosh.

Jared Weiss

The Bruins are counter-attacking well and showing better precision than Game 1, where they were mostly crashing the net to get chances.

Ira Winderman

James Jones first Heat sub off bench in second half. They are going small to make Al Jefferson have to move on defense.

Ethan J. Skolnick

James Jones first off the bench in the second half.

Mike Prada

Gerald Henderson sat on that drop step.

Rick Bonnell

Gerald Henderson ties up Dwyane Wade under rim for a jump ball.

Ira Winderman

Mario Chalmers just turned a 2-on-1 fastbreak into . . . nothing.

Jared Weiss

A Lucic goal late in the second period has the #Bruins up 3-1 through 2. Talk about a shot between the legs going to the locker room.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Jefferson still isn't even making it halfway down the court on offense. Bobcats will need to wait for him.

Ira Winderman

It's as if the Heat had too heavy of a meal at halftime. No one seems willing to work.

Ethan J. Skolnick

First boos of the postseason. Not loud... yet.

Chris Vivlamore

Jeff Teague a real trouble-maker - for Pacers (subscription content). ajc.com/news/sports/ha… #ATLHawks

Rich Levine

Second straight game Lucic hits the Red Wings where it hurts

Rick Bonnell

Tremendous defense by MKG on those LeBron isos.

Jared Weiss

Krug gets an assist, but the secondary assist was really by Lucic.

Shandel Richardson

Heat have been challenged more in this game than all of last year's first-round series vs. Milwaukee.

Jared Weiss

Give and go between Lucic and Iginla with Looch looping around the #RedWings defense ends with a goal bouncing off Howard’s stick. #Bruins

Robby Kalland

Tournament winning bunker shot?! KUCH!

Fred Kerber

#Raptors Kyle Lowry on why #Nets Deron Williams was so effective early in Game 1: "He was aggressive, man. He was really aggressive."

Kamenetzky Brothers

Once the Bobcats are eliminated, Josh McRoberts will resume his gig as the bass player for the Allman Brothers. AK

Ethan J. Skolnick

Chris Bosh is not consistently engaged today. This is strange, since he seemed so anxious to get to the postseason.

Fred Kerber

#Raptors Kyle Lowry wasn't surprised at #Nets Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett endgame heroics: "I mean, they’re Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett"

Joseph Goodman

Michael Beasley is wearing skinny jeans?

Tim Bontemps

The Heat struggle whenever they become a jump-shooting team. The Bobcats have turned them into one.

Joseph Goodman

Bobcats begin the second half with an 8-0 run. Timeout Spoelstra.

Rick Bonnell

Bobcats take back lead at 50-49 on MKG's layup. Thinking the Bobcats' best hope is Chris Bosh taking many more jump shots.

Mike Prada

Miami’s Haslem starting lineup struggles again.

Ronald Tillery

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.”

Ira Winderman

Heat were up 11 late in second period, now down 50-49. Still far too many casual minutes from this team.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Miami start second half with no energy. Stop me if you've seen this be----

Candace Buckner

(6/6) "You're embarrassing Coach Vogel and the great Larry Bird." - Charles Barkley to #Pacers

Candace Buckner

(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

Jon Santiago

Sunday Musings with @James Ham: Salary cap jump adds intrigue to Sacramento Kings’ wild summer shar.es/Tw3xs

Candace Buckner

(4/6) "Because I'm an Indiana fan for everything y'all stand for. But to come out and play like flat wussies

Rick Bonnell

MKG becomes last Bobcats starter to score. He'd played 12 minutes.

Royce Young

Sunday Conversation with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant: dailythunder.com/unplugged/sund…

Candace Buckner

(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

Ethan J. Skolnick

My colleage @Jared Zwerling wrote about Al Jefferson -- & Patrick Ewing -- before the playoffs. bleacherreport.com/articles/20283…

Rick Bonnell

Bosh 2-of-7 from the field.

Candace Buckner

(2/6) "And you got Larry Bird in your front office. You've got a terrific coach in Frank Vol, Vogel, excuse me...

Jeff Caplan

Defensive strategy worked. Mavs just didn't finish the job on offensive end. Held Spurs to 90 points, can't do much better.

Candace Buckner

(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.

Candace Buckner

So apparently Charles Barkley read the #Pacers like a book during halftime of Spurs-Mavs game. H/t to @Darnell Mayberry for the following...

Kerry Eggers

#Blazers center @Robin Lopez ranks 2nd in NBA in opponents' conversion rate at rim (42.5). Will get tested tonight by @Dwight Howard

Jared Weiss

Big hit by Smith to take out Thronton fumbling the puck in front of the net. #Bruins

Amin Elhassan

None of yall remember that We Gon Make It beat was originally sold to Ras Kass, huh?

Rigas Dardalis

Coach Pascual: "This is our fifth Final Four in six years" #Euroleague #Playoffs eurohoops.net/2014/04/league…

Amin Elhassan

It's the beat that Alchemist sold twice!

Rod Boone

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*@#."

Ethan J. Skolnick

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.

Jared Weiss

Puck appears to not deflect off the skate.

Jared Weiss

Red Wings cut deficit to 1 on a goal by Glendening. The play is under review.

Jason Jackson

#SprintHalftime blowing it 1.) w bad foot Big Al 19 mins 2.) Rio led HEAT 3FG 3.)Bird best FG% in HEAT history but "no roll player improved"

Surya Fernandez

Nice of Simmons to already downgrade any postseason success of the Heat because of the East's level of competition.

Rod Boone

KG was very introspective today. Gave it straight when asked him about Deron. Said: "I think Deron's biggest problem had been Deron."

Kerry Eggers

New Texas coach Charlie Strong, after 30,000 watched Spring Game: "We didn't want to show what we have." #butthanksforcoming

Jarrod Gillis

I hope we're headed for a Heat-Thunder Finals. With all key players healthy for the duration.

Jorge Sierra

Gallery: Game 1: The best of Mavericks-Spurs in pictures. bit.ly/1r5e87N

Rod Boone

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"

Jarrod Gillis

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.

Jeff Zillgitt

Tweeting what was supposed to be DM could've turned out far worse.

Rusty Simmons

Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic (strained right calf) is out indefinitely, according to the team.

Kerry Eggers

From Houston Chronicle: Rockets have taken 435 mid-range shots, @LaMarcus Aldridge 590 this season #hardtobelieve

Jeff Caplan

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.

Diamond Leung

So the Pauley lot I thought I'd be parking at the turnabout is no more. Whoops.

Evan Dunlap

Tobias Harris: Magic forward. Tobias: clear chair at IKEA. http://t.co/ax96xE9lxU

Ben Golliver

TNT's Charles Barkley rips the Pacers after Game 1 loss to Hawks: 'Dogs... Wussies... Embarrassing" bit.ly/1gLypbR

Chris Vivlamore

Mark Bradley column: Was Hawks-Pacers Game 1 really just one game? (subscription content). ajc.com/news/sports/fo… #ATLHawks

Brendan Bowers

Bobcats hanging around after two big threes to close out half #CoachPriceFactor

Ethan J. Skolnick

Now that James Jones is playing, I wonder who takes over the role of taking pregame food orders in the locker room.

Chris Vivlamore

Hawks say they can play even better (subscription content). ajc.com/news/sports/ha… #ATLHawks

Jarrod Gillis

"If I could walk on water..."

Lang Whitaker

Heat end second quarter with a 25-16 push, lead Bobcats 49-42 at half.

Shandel Richardson

Heat go on a 14-8 run with James Jones on the floor. #playmaker

Chris Herring

Buzzer-beating shots make me so grateful that no one in this game has to yell "Horn!" while looking down at a stopwatch.

Austin Burton

On the eve of the 2014 Boston Marathon, reflections from the 2013 tragedy: wp.me/p4eulr-6k

Rick Bonnell

Halftime: Heat 49, Bobcats 42. Huge differential in free throws -- 16 for Miami, 4 for Charlotte.

Joseph Goodman

Kemba with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Heat 49, Bobcats 42 at halftime.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Heat lead 49-42. Wade looked good, and both PGs played well. Jefferson's injury hangs over Bobcats.

Jarrod Gillis

Come on. You know when you watch Josh McRoberts you're reminded of Eddie Money's greatest hits.

Ira Winderman

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.

Rich Levine

Al Jefferson moving around like Al Roker out there. Hope he can fight through this. Waited too long for this opportunity.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Just get used to it: there will never be a Heat "rotation" this season. It's a minute to minute thing.

Jason Jackson

The Gunslinger, James Jones #GS22 , on the mic #HEATLive

Ronald Tillery

Tayshaun Prince practiced and will start Game 2 vs Thunder. Prince played just 4 minutes due to illness in Game 1

Jeff Zillgitt

Not bad. But spent the morning working, then went to practice and now writing a couple of stories.

Rick Bonnell

Gerald Henderson with the tough task of guarding LeBron James.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Heat with three 6'8" guys and two PGs.

Israel Gutierrez

It's laughable to me when people try to compare Mario Chalmers and George Hill. Chalmers makes plays.

Ethan J. Skolnick

James Jones can sit for six months and get someone to foul him on a 3.

Joseph Goodman

James Jones gets ALL THE CALLS.

Jared Weiss

Marchand and Datsyuk continue to go at it as Noseface Killah gets tripped.

Ethan J. Skolnick

James Jones with his first transition basket since American Senior High

Rick Bonnell

Nine-point Heat lead -- turnover leads to fast break, gets crowd involved.

Joseph Goodman

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

Shandel Richardson

yes, James Jones is now a trailer on the break.

Ira Winderman

James Jones just scored a transition layup . . . in 2014.

Mike Prada

THE PASS BACK TO JAMES JONES

Sekou Smith

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!

Jared Weiss

Bruins blow their chance to score on a no stick Howard

Mike Prada

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.

Chris Herring

I enjoy watching Al Jefferson play defense as much as I enjoy watching Michael Kidd-Gilchrist take jump shots.

Rick Bonnell

Gary Neal coming in for MKG.

Shandel Richardson

Al Jefferson can't even get in position to grab an offensive rebound

Mike Prada

Making Jefferson guard Bosh with his current mobility is cruel.

Kristina Leahy

Birdman freak factor > Chris Douglas-Roberts

Ethan J. Skolnick

Bosh blows dunk, but had the right idea. Jefferson steps out, go by him.

Ira Winderman

Nothing wrong with a little aggression from Bosh, even if it's a missed dunk.

Shandel Richardson

James Jones with his first rebound of the season.

Sekou Smith

The Heat with LeBron at the 4 pushing the tempo = winning in transition. Makes everyone better but hard to do consistently. #runheatrun

Rick Bonnell

Old folks dancing at half-court. And I mean older that @tomsorensen old.

Kurt Helin

Spurs use huge 4th quarter run to come back and win Game 1 vs. Mavericks dlvr.it/5RrhkP

Joseph Goodman

Bosh joins the playoffs to give the Heat its first lead. Heat 37, Bobcats 34 3:48 2Q

Ethan J. Skolnick

Miami leads 37-34. Jefferson laboring, but Bobcats don't have another option. Need to play through him.

Rick Bonnell

Heat going small now with LeBron at 4 and James Jones added as a shooter. Remaining 3:48 until halftime could get dicey.

Matt Dery

I'm all for replay, but this is ridiculous. It's Easter Sunday. People need to get home. #Tigers

Rick Bonnell

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.

Amin Elhassan

LeBron James hit ahead was picture perfect

Ethan J. Skolnick

James Jones comes in, and LeBron slides to the 4.

Royce Young

Practice Report, with audio from Scott Brooks, Russell Westbrook and Derek Fisher (h/t @Randy1340OKC): dailythunder.com/2014/04/practi…

Ira Winderman

And now . . . a Heat lead.

Payal Doshi

Career high 74 3-pointers this season for Chris Bosh! #Heat

Austin Burton

Before Millsap & Teague (and Joe & Josh), the Atlanta Hawks were led by the always-underrated Shareef Abdur-Rahim: wp.me/p4eulr-81

Ira Winderman

Bosh scores for first time with 4:55 left in second period, on 3-pointer (of course).

Earl K. Sneed

Dirk: "I'm always frustrated after a loss, so maybe I'll see the positive tomorrow."

Rick Bonnell

Took Chris Bosh 14 minutes to score.

Marc Stein

When pressed to elaborate, Duncan said he doesn't "know what that number" is. But "a couple" is generally at least two. Right?

Amin Elhassan

Yeah that aint gonna work for CDR

Shandel Richardson

Finally, a Chris Bosh sighting.

Mike Prada

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

Ethan J. Skolnick

Al Jefferson is is moving like Mike Miller used to. And he's knocking down jumpers.

Lang Whitaker

Al Jefferson really hobbling up and down the floor...

Marc Stein

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?

Sekou Smith

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.

Rick Bonnell

James Jones in the game. Important Bobcats close out on him. He can burn you from perimeter.

Michael Lee

What are the 3 keys to the #wizards-CHI series? @brandoncparker has the breakdown: wapo.st/QxKACv

Frank Isola

Ask @Steve Popper, @Al Iannazzone @Adrian Wojnarowski or BOTP RT@AmmiratiGreg: @Frank Isola hey frank were praising them back then? Easy to do it now

Micah Hart

Stats. Photos. Analysis. Locker room reaction. Everything you need to know about our playoff series lives here: on.nba.com/PSktG7

Tom Haberstroh

Al Jefferson is playing on one leg and the Heat still can't get what they want offensively vs. the Bobcats.

Eric Smith

I say this knowing that I'm nowhere near his stratosphere (and never will be): There isn't a better analyst in the #NBA than Jeff Van Gundy

Ira Winderman

In search for shooting, James Jones to enter now for Heat. Wonder if these could have been Beasley minutes (he's inactive).

Michael Lee

How do the #wizards & CHI match up? Check it out here: wapo.st/1r59UNi

Eric Koreen

My Raptors notebook on the power outage, the refs and Joe Johnson's big butt: sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/20/esp…

Joseph Goodman

Norris Cole tribute video during the timeout. Dubbed to Coldplay, of course.

Rick Bonnell

Big Al is gonna need those three days between games. Obvious he's hurting.

Chris Mannix

Al Jefferson's foot is clearly bothering him.

Shandel Richardson

Right now, Eddy Curry could probably beat Al Jefferson down the court.

Lang Whitaker

Birdman just tried to dunk on McRoberts and hair went everywhere.

Joseph Goodman

James Jones was at the scorer's table ready to check into the game before that timeout.

Dan McCarney

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.

Ira Winderman

Jefferson barely making it up and down the court on that bad foot.

Rick Bonnell

Chris Bosh has been pretty much invisible.

Dan McCarney

Dallas promptly missed 12 of last 13 shots, scored 4 points over final 7:22 after taking largest lead at 81-71.

Eric Smith

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

Ethan J. Skolnick

Jefferson appears extremely uncomfortable. Even more reason for Miami to push tempo.

Jared Weiss

The fighting continued even after the 1st period ended, w/ Johnny Boychuk under the pile. #NHLBruins #RedWings http://t.co/SvP39ydQAu

Jabari Davis

Good to see CDR playing some playoff ball. Word to Doug E. Doug circa 1994.

Jared Weiss

Marchand is put in a head lock as a fight breaks out between the #NHLBruins and #RedWings in the 1st. B’s lead 2-0. http://t.co/RyHKa9OiGr

Fred Kerber

#Raptors coach Dwane Casey saw a lot to like in G 1 v #Nets. "The intensity. I thought we played hard." But then "We got to play smarter"

Ethan J. Skolnick

Michael Beasley, for the record, appeared to be walking fine in locker room before game, while eating his Skittles.

Jared Zwerling

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."

Ray Richardson

#Twolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders will hold end of season media availability on Monday morning.

Lang Whitaker

McRoberts got my postseason awards vote in the Most Hirsute category.

Rick Bonnell

McRoberts outscoring Bosh 8-0. Yes, that's quite a surprise.

Ethan J. Skolnick

McRoberts came into this season w/ 58 3's. He made 105 this season. Took more 3's than 2's.

Dan McCarney

General consensus in Mavs locker room, We blew a big opportunity after holding Spurs to 90 pts, three 3s, 43 FG%.

Amin Elhassan

Whoa. Did anyone catch Patrick Ewing's suit? Was that a tribute to Craig Sagers too?

Shandel Richardson

Jefferson not moving as well on the court.

Ira Winderman

Chris Bosh is barely moving at game speed, playing at a slower rather than others.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Jefferson didn't move past the Charlotte FT line on offense.

Joseph Goodman

Al Jefferson noticeably limping after returning to the game. He's still hurt.

Ira Winderman

McRoberts 8, Bosh 0. That can't happen in that matchup.

Rick Bonnell

Big Al and Kemba back in.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Appears that Heat players missed the McRoberts page of the scouting report. He makes that shot now.

Shandel Richardson

I want to go to the barber shop with McRoberts and CDR.

Fred Kerber

#Raptors DeMar DeRozan on #Nets defensive strategy against him: "Try to keep the ball out of my hands a lot more."

Shaun Powell

What are the odds of the East finals being without Indy or Miami?

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra goes 9 deep, now going with 2 bigs, even with Jefferson sitting.

Shaun Powell

After a stretch of bad luck during the season, can we get through the NBA postseason injury-free?

Kristina Leahy

Happy Easter from my "Pugs Bunny!" http://t.co/98ePZ9jIxo

Fred Kerber

#Raptors Amir Johnson feels there's advantage v #Nets small lineup. "We’ve definitely got to crash the boards a little more and go inside"

Eric Smith

If U haven't seen this already, here's the mic'd up version of Pierce's dagger shot; Sat. vs #Raptors. youtube.com/watch?v=0YnwOD…#RTZ #Nets

Ira Winderman

Chris Bosh re-enters, still looking for first point or rebound.

Rick Bonnell

Norris Cole just used Luke Ridnour.

Joseph Goodman

Best Norris Cole has played all season.

Shandel Richardson

Big game for Norris Cole thus far.

Jody Genessy

Just a fun question. I get why the Jazz did the D-Will deal, and what would their ceiling be with Millsap/Big Al?

Shaun Powell

After being hacked on twitter, I'm officially back.

Rick Bonnell

Al Jefferson back on Bobcats' bench.

Jason Jackson

Night be time to ride the Coooooooooole Train today! @PG30_MIA is hot early #HEATLive

Joseph Goodman

Norris Cole with five points after that three-pointer from Wade. McRoberts answers with a three of his own. Bobcats 26, Heat 22

Ethan J. Skolnick

Rashard Lewis' primary job defensively is to close out on McRoberts. Can't hesitate when doing it.

Mike Prada

Big reason Charlotte’s offense has picked up as the season’s progressed: McRoberts is more willing to take that wing three.

Fred Kerber

#Raptors spokesman wouldn't name who to blame 4 shot clock mess in G1 v #Nets but noted "they're not the world-wide leaders in electronics"

Payal Doshi

First time the @bobcats have been on national television! They are taking full advantage of their opportunity as we speak on #TSN2

Rick Bonnell

Don't be surprised if you see some Zeller-McRoberts pairings this series.

Ira Winderman

The resurrection of Norris Cole just might be under way.

Scott Agness

Pacers coach Frank Vogel on possible lineup or rotation changes: “We’ll see. … I’m not telling.”

Joseph Goodman

Wade, Cole, Allen, Birdman and Rashard Lewis to begin the second quarter.

Candace Buckner

George said he spoke to Vogel about drawing the Teague assignment

Jared Weiss

#NHLBruins lead 2-0 after the 1st period in a massive turnaround from Friday’s game. A near brawl breaks out as the period ends.

Fred Kerber

#Raptors Terrence Ross on personal feeling of his first playoff game v #Nets "It was just unreal. I can’t even explain it."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Second quarter starts. Bobcats up 23-19. Jefferson still not on the bench.

Candace Buckner

Paul George when asked abt taking a turn defending #Hawks PG Jeff Teague: "Yes, I would love to. Just to change it up, give him a diff look"

Joseph Goodman

Overall a sloppy first quarter for the Heat to begin the postseason. Shooting 38.9 percent from the field. Wade is a positive, though.

Fred Kerber

Kyle Lowry sed #Raptors will be less jittery G 2 v #Nets "The bright lights will dim a little bit 4 everyone. That 1st game is always tough"

Rick Bonnell

Left plantar fascia strain for Al Jefferson. Will return.

Scott Agness

Paul George said containing Teague isn’t on one guy but everybody. They will throw different looks at him, one being PG checking him.

Ira Winderman

Al Jefferson with a left plantar fascia strain, to return.

Mike Prada

Al’s been dinged up for a couple weeks now. Remember that he went out in the regular-season finale.

Rick Bonnell

End of first: Bobcats 23, Heat 19.

Candace Buckner

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

Joseph Goodman

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.

Lang Whitaker

I know @Sekou Smith is at home wearing his Ridnour jersey

Rick Bonnell

Bobcats team physician headed back to locker room.

Ira Winderman

Bobcats up nine earlier, take 23-19 lead into second period against Heat. Wade with six, LeBron with six. Jefferson with eight.

Mike Prada

Appears that Erik Spoelstra was serious with the whole “Rashard Lewis in the rotation” thing. Might want to stop that.

Michael Dugat

Hope Al Jefferson is ok.

Earl K. Sneed

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."

Joseph Goodman

Jefferson went into the locker room with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Scott Howard-Cooper

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.

Mike Prada

Hoping the best for Al Jefferson. This Bobcats lineup is … yikes.

Dan Woike

For a second, I thought CDR was wearing Google Glass.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Al Jefferson limped to locker room. Hurt in last game, and returned.

Jared Weiss

Huge ovation for Marchand, who, of course, was the guy in the middle of the fight.

Rick Bonnell

Al Jefferson back in the locker room. No details yet on what's up.

Shandel Richardson

Al Jefferson just limped into the locker room.

Joseph Goodman

Charlotte center Al Jefferson limped into the locker room moments ago.

Josh Newman

It's very early, but the internet will likely melt if the Heat lose Game 1.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Charlotte with an extremely offensive-challenged lineup. Miami needs to win these matchups big.

Amin Elhassan

Up until that ad, the not other commercial endorsement that Carhartt ever received was in black&white music videos for 90s NY rappers

Adi Joseph

So basically the shot clock malfunction in Toronto yesterday was a case of Christmas Vacation: usat.ly/1h0L8e5

Amin Elhassan

Carhartt got national TV ad money??

Scott Howard-Cooper

Great Moments in Media History: Jamal Crawford was asked today if the Clippers’ backs are against the wall.

Jared Weiss

There’s been so many powerplays in this first period, it’s been weird watching so much even strength play.

Joseph Goodman

Birdman is now 1 of 1 from the field in the playoffs. #stats Bobcats 21, Heat 14

Ira Winderman

Right shin contusion for Chalmers. Heat say he will return.

Diamond Leung

NBA says Golden State Warriors should have been assessed a foul in final minute of win insidebayarea.com/warriors/ci_25…

Shandel Richardson

Mario Chalmers is back on bench.

Ira Winderman

Right shin contusion for Heat, who say he will return.

Scott Cacciola

Chris Douglas-Roberts getting time for the Bobcats in the first quarter against the Heat. The Knicks cut him in training camp.

Jared Weiss

Great save by Howard, who gloves a Soderberg wrister that was so fast you could barely see it.

Rick Bonnell

Four reserves and Big Al to close the first quarter. Obviously Clifford isn't tightening his rotation.

Ian Begley

The projected rise in salary cap would make it easier to complete a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony. More here: espn.go.com/blog/new-york/…

Frank Isola

Steve Clifford & Tom Thibodeau were assistants on that 2000 Knicks team. Thankfully, Dolan fired those 2 bums. Whatever became of them?

Joseph Goodman

Birdman in for Bosh. Bosh didn't score or record a rebound in the first quarter.

Shandel Richardson

How was not an offensive foul on LeBron?

Ira Winderman

So far, it's been more of second-half-of-the-season Heat. Charlotte 9 of 13 from field, up 9-3 on boards.

Dwight Jaynes

Wanted to get this in today before my feeble mind let it go : #GetWellSager

Jared Weiss

Really impressive work by Howard on the last few plays, sending a ripper wide with plenty of bodies blocking his sight lines.

Mark Followill

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

Joseph Goodman

Norris Cole has forced a pair of turnovers since entering the game. Heat guards are carrying the team at this point.

Michael Scotto

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.

Rick Bonnell

Turnover No. 4. This is exactly what worried Clifford pre-game.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Kemba Walker has been loose with the ball early. Charlotte is a low turnover team, but Cole can pressure him into mistakes.

Buddy Grizzard

ATTENTION UNIVERSE: Jozy Altidore drew the penalty that caused the first loss at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches under Jose Mourinho!!!

Frank Isola

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.

Jim Eichenhofer

Bobcats are back in the NBA playoffs. My feature on Josh McRoberts, 'Cats in HOOP magazine (p. 35): on.nba.com/1jqIYD1

Stefan Bondy

Nets: There is no rivalry and who is Masai Ujiri? nydn.us/1pkwcxl

Pete Pranica

Looking forward to seeing @Greg Anthony on our game tomorrow.

Tim Bontemps

As Nets-Raptors silliness continues, Paul Pierce claims he doesn't know who Masai Ujiri is, or that he's Toronto's GM bit.ly/QxHQFd