Joseph Goodman

Dwyane Wade is 3 of 4 for six points here in the first quarter but looks pretty gassed.

Ira Winderman

Rashard Lewis in as first wing, ahead of Battier.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Rashard Lewis in. Ahead of Battier, which means the latter may be out of rotation.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Jefferson with 8 early. And, to think, Heat fans wasted an entire season worrying about Roy Hibbert.

Ira Winderman

Al Jefferson now 4 for 4.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers in locker room.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Cole in for Chalmers. Means we may see Douglas soon.

Shandel Richardson

Chalmers to the locker room.

Ira Winderman

Norris Cole to enter in place of Chalmers.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Good luck to the Utah Jazz finding players as good as Jefferson and Millsap

Joseph Goodman

Zero offensive rhythm for the Heat to start the 2014 playoffs. Timeout Spoelstra. Bobcats 12, Heat 7 7:06 1Q

Ethan J. Skolnick

Mario Chalmers hobbling because of his left ankle. Timeout.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Steve Clifford talked before the game about how the Bobcats will only push if certain players have ball. But if Miami doesn't get back...

Shandel Richardson

It's almost unfair asking Udonis to defend Al Jefferson in the post

Ira Winderman

Now Chalmers with a left ankle issue.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade has often taken Henderson into the post over the years. Finding his spots early.

Ira Winderman

Two early turnovers for a Bobcats team that doesn't make turnovers.

Ira Winderman

Wade rubbing right elbow after that miss.

Shandel Richardson

Wishing a speedy recovery to @Sekou Smith

Shandel Richardson

The 24-second clocks are functioning at arena, meaning @KC_Colebrooke won't have to yell "horn."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Follow @Rick Bonnell for your Bobcats info this series

Ethan J. Skolnick

Udonis Haslem, who went about six weeks without playing a meaningful minute this season, starts Game 1 as expected

Victor Oquendo

Almost time to do it all over again. @miamiheat #striveforgreatness instagram.com/p/nBbjRcEYlY/

Ira Winderman

For starters: A look at lineups, inactives, referees and a pregame note of note for Heat-Bobcats bit.ly/1tpyTgu 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Joseph Goodman

And now for a quick Heat-Bobcats pregame preview video from AmericanAirlines Arena. youtu.be/8nQVDw5ynxY

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron getting ready for Game 1 by watching Spurs-Mavs, rapping along to his headphones and playing candy crush

Ira Winderman

As expected, Haslem starting at center, alongside Bosh, LeBron, Chalmers and Wade.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron wearing back wrap, but says it is just part of game prep. "I'm not 100 percent, but I'm ready to go."

Joseph Goodman

Bobcats are going back to Charlotte for days between Games 1 and 2. In other words, Michael Jordan knows all about South Beach.

Ira Winderman

Michael Beasley inactive for Heat playoff opener. bit.ly/1msb71C

Shandel Richardson

No Beasley (ankle) today

Joseph Goodman

@SportsOMG2: @Joseph Goodman What's wrong with Beasley ?” >>> Ankle

Joseph Goodman

SPOELSTRA on the Bobcats: “You can tell they are well coached. You don’t have to concentrate too long to figure that out.”

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra: "Their defensive system is very definitive, it's very much like Chicago's."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra on Clifford: "I personally have great respect for his coaching background." Mentions the 6 years on SVG's staff.

Joseph Goodman

SPOELSTRA: “There has to be a deep sense of urgency.”

Joseph Goodman

Justin Hamilton and Michael Beasley are inactive for the Heat’s first playoff game.

Ira Winderman

Spoelstra said Beasley able to get a workout in, had twisted ankle in season finale against 76ers.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Hamilton and Beasley are inactive. Spoelstra says Beasley is still healing from ankle.

Ira Winderman

Spoelstra says Hamilton and Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive.

Micky Arison

Our best wishes & #getwellsager. U need 2take the family on another cruise. We will miss u on the side lines-so hurry back @Craig Sager

Surya Fernandez

Parker keeps sneaking in those layups...

Surya Fernandez

It's the battle between HEAT's former NBA Finals opponents.

Ira Winderman

Bobcats are returning to Charlotte after today's game, will not practice in Miami. Game 2 on Wednesday.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard turned down $30 million to be in this position. How far can he take Houston? es.pn/1lpa7rc [free]

Tom Haberstroh

Stotts laid on the sarcasm pretty thick re: Howard/Asik, said he heard McHale float around that possibility. Not *quite* Ujiri/Brooklyn.

Tom Haberstroh

Blazers coach Terry Stotts smiled when asked about facing Houston's Twin Towers: "I'd hate to see that matchup."

Israel Gutierrez

Man, how was @AroundTheHorn not in Toronto yesterday to yell "Horn!" every time the shot clock expired? Would've been perfect!

Surya Fernandez

Complete list of White Hot HEAT events and giveaways at AA Arena starting today sbn.to/1mrHDRL

Ethan J. Skolnick

In light of that last stat, expect Bosh to start on McRoberts & Haslem on Jefferson. How he'll guard Al: m.bleacherreport.com/articles/20250…

Ethan J. Skolnick

This breakdown of Heat/Bobcats is worth a look. Jefferson shot 68% & scored 40 points in 22 mins w/ Bosh on him. stats.nba.com/featured/playo…

Micky Arison

by @pg30_mia "The Quest for Larry begins today! #Playoffs #HeatNation #Heatles" instagram.com/p/nBEFl7u8OK/

Jason Jackson

I am! Are you? #WhiteHot http://t.co/TtmftBIgwc

Ethan J. Skolnick

Most likely scenario, in my view, is that they all just roll it over until '15. Better FA class, better chance to shape a new team then.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Again, the report is good news for Miami, with rises more than expected. But they're still up against it. Creativity necessary again.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Reports projecting cap rise to $63.2M & tax rise to $77M. Miami would be at $65.5M w/ just LeBron, Bosh, Wade, Haslem opting in, plus Cole.

Surya Fernandez

HEAT Scouting Report: Bobcats blog @Rufus_On_Fire sheds more light on first round opponent sbn.to/1gL5kgH

Ethan J. Skolnick

If LeBron, Wade, Bosh opt in, Miami will still go over cap and tax lines. But there's a little more wiggle room for likes of Chalmers/Allen.

Mario Chalmers

Happy Easter everyone.

Tom Haberstroh

Remember Roy Hibbert's missed 3 last night? He's now 0-13 FG outside the paint last six games.

Ethan J. Skolnick

ICYMI #2: For LeBron James, another chance to fill up the bathtub. bleacherreport.com/articles/20334…

Surya Fernandez

LeBron James once again winning the Larry O'Brien trophy...through the eyes of ESPN's artists: sbn.to/1mrboC9

Surya Fernandez

LeBron James once again winning the Larry O'Brien trophy...through the eyes of ESPN's artists: sbn.to/1gL1XWW

Ethan J. Skolnick

ICYMI: The playoffs are here for the Miami Heat, and it's time to watch the watercoolers. bleacherreport.com/articles/20352…

Tom Haberstroh

James Harden was tied for the slowest regular this season at 3.6 mph. (P. Pierce & D. West also at 3.6 mph per SportVU)

Tom Haberstroh

James Harden is slow. http://t.co/zp2mUYwosJ

Ira Winderman

Sunday notes: How the Heat grade out going into the playoffs bit.ly/1qZqApC No more seeding shenanigans?; lengths LeBron goes to.

Ira Winderman

Do Nets already have Heat's attention even before playoff opener? Latest "Ask Ira" at bit.ly/1iB4zuo plus one.

Ira Winderman

Marc Davis, Jason Phillips, Scott Wall, Leroy Richardson (alternate) your referees for Heat-Bobcats, 3:30 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena (ABC)

Jason Jackson

Blessed Easter, friends ....#HeatNation ? It! Is! Time! See u @ the @MiamiHEAT 'a house for the first of 16 steps #heatlive

Chris Bosh

Off on my journey. I'll be back when I'm finished...

Dwyane Wade

#rp from myself 52 weeks ago... The quest for you starts tomorrow... instagram.com/p/m_3wo5FCM8/

Ethan J. Skolnick

So Denny's is "America's Diner?" Is that something we want the world to know?

LeBron James

Zero Dark Thirty-6 2.0 Activated

Ethan J. Skolnick

Winner of this series is team that cuts bait with its weak link (Prince or Perkins) first.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Tayshaun Prince may never be heard from again

Ethan J. Skolnick

Rick Fox on @nbatv on Pacers: "I don't think they've accepted that they've become a poor basketball team... I need panic."

Tom Haberstroh

Memphis 1-19 FG outside the paint. Fewest FG in a playoff first-half since ORL vs. BOS 5/16/10.

Tom Haberstroh

Re: my last tweet: should point out that Kyle Korver has the same block rate as LeBron James this season.

Micky Arison

by @miamiheat ""Nobody knows that they're going to be Champions - you have to work to get there." -… instagram.com/p/m_rMnjO8BU/

Shane Battier

Great piece on the Bad Boys on ESPN. Check it out. Here's an early pict of me and the Captain. http://t.co/vehMhxUraR

Ethan J. Skolnick

I wish I saved every tweet telling me the Heat should go after Bynum... and shouldn't bother going after Butler.

Joseph Goodman

Yes, Boy Band motif was an interesting choice here. Gotta respect the artistic vision, though. http://t.co/XBGNFWe8KS

Ethan J. Skolnick

Caron Butler & Mike Miller defending each other. If Miller had signed w/ OKC, as many around him were pushing, Butler wd probably b w/ Heat.

Joseph Goodman

Congrats to Birmingham (Ala.) John Carroll Catholic product @DeMarre Carroll for his first postseason double-double. Hard work pays off.

Surya Fernandez

Pacers took all season to get home court advantage and then gave it up after one playoff game.

Surya Fernandez

Look at all those empty seats where Pacers fans were sitting...

Tom Haberstroh

Just when you think the Pacers hit rock bottom, Kyle Korver blocks Roy Hibbert.

Micky Arison

Wow 3 games and 3 home teams lose. Surprising start to the @NBA playoffs.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Maybe the Pacers fans are leaving to get to Miami in time for 3:30 tomorrow

Ethan J. Skolnick

Didn't think we'd see DeMarre Carroll iso's killing the Pacers, but...

Mario Chalmers

Gettin these legs ready for tomorrow. The journey begins for number 3. One step at a time tho instagram.com/p/m_hcYxv4ag/

Ethan J. Skolnick

There is great respect in Heat organization for the first year coaches in East playoffs: Budenholzer & the guy they see tomorrow, Clifford

Ethan J. Skolnick

Playoff Teague at it again

Tom Haberstroh

Question: How many enforcers have been stretch 5s?

Israel Gutierrez

They're thinking of Craig Sager here in Indy. #getwellSager http://t.co/wOBUMIuQax