Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard just got away with a cheap shot on Robin Lopez... Lopez picks up a T.

Tom Haberstroh

Lillard looks like he's going to keep playing.

Tom Haberstroh

Damian Lillard just limped to the bench.

Tom Haberstroh

Patrick Beverley galloping down the floor after Mo William sends him into the stanchion. He's enjoying this.

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge just pulled a Dwyane Wade. LMA's last 3 came over a month ago.

Tom Haberstroh

Blazers current eFG%: 34.3 percent. Season-low? 36.8 percent (1/28 vs. MEM)

Tom Haberstroh

Houston crowd booing the referees as they exit the court. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard each have three fouls.

Tom Haberstroh

Terrence Jones at the 5. Robin Lopez and LMA still in.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard just picked up his third PF. And a tech for dumping the ball on Robin Lopez.

Tom Haberstroh

Wes Matthews caught James Harden napping. Surprise, surprise.

Tom Haberstroh

Learned yesterday that Dwight Howard is letting Chandler Parsons borrow his Ferrari for the playoffs. #motivationaltactics

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge after one: 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk and altered several more. Blazers up 27-20.

Tom Haberstroh

LaMarcus Aldridge has been a beast around the rim. 10 pts, 5 reb, 2 blocks. Dwight Howard: 0-4 FG, 0 points.

Tom Haberstroh

Twin Tower time. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard on the floor together.

Tom Haberstroh

How badly did James Harden flop there? They showed the replay here in Houston and fans were silent.

Surya Fernandez

Based on how most of these Game 1s have gone, I'm going to have to go with the Blazers on this one.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwight Howard and James Harden slow back in transition. Wes Matthews wide open 3, putback by LMA. Boom.

Surya Fernandez

Wife was annoyed at that one woman right in the middle who "just couldn't wear the red shirt already".

Shandel Richardson

Just imagine if the Celtics beat the Wizards in the regular-season finale. Heat vs WASH would have been interesting

Joseph Goodman

STORY: During Game 1 of his bid for a three-peat, #Heat forward LeBron James stopped to admire the view. hrld.us/1hg6xfh

Surya Fernandez

Bulls should really be down 10 points with that offensive interference basket from Noah.

Tom Haberstroh

First impression of Toyota Center: HOLY JUMBOTRON

Ethan J. Skolnick

Column: Dwyane Wade gets his wind, Miami gets Game 1 win m.bleacherreport.com/articles/20360…

Shandel Richardson

The guy in charge of pregame orders on the road comes up big in Game 1: sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…

Tom Haberstroh

Check that: 7 years since last Gm 1 in Houston. They were a rare homecourt No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 Utah in 2007. Lost in 7.

Tom Haberstroh

Just arrived to the Toyota Center. Been 17 years since Houston hosted a first-round Game 1. http://t.co/Ido9idijTz

Ira Winderman

Heat find their footing in a playoff opener when Charlotte' Al Jefferson loses his. bit.ly/Pl2UOd

Ira Winderman

Quick thoughts on a potent finishing kick from the Heat against the Bobcats. bit.ly/1mta55E

Ethan J. Skolnick

Chris Bosh has had plantar faciiitis and it lingered for weeks. When told about Jefferson, he was sympathetic. "That is a terrible injury."

Joseph Goodman

LEBRON: "Nine turnovers for five points shows that we were very conscious of taking care of the ball."

Joseph Goodman

LEBRON on if Wade "looked right": "Can't get no righter. He was in attack mode and got to the rim."

Joseph Goodman

LeBron says he expects James Jones to be a big part of the playoff plans.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade said he didn't think much today. Just played. That's where he wants to be.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade says he wanted to call a timeout one minute in, because he was so tired. "I was so happy when Rio got hurt" & there was a timeout

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade says he won't call James Jones' move "breaking ankles" but "a little wet on the floor."

Joseph Goodman

Al Jefferson is wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Charmers banged his shin on Bosh's knee brace. He's fine, though.

Joseph Goodman

James Jones said he had no idea he was going to be inserted into the game today. Said he has been ready since the Bahamas, though.

Ethan J. Skolnick

And the ankle breaker for a layup? Jones: "You've seen our 3 on 3 games."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Why didn't James Jones throw it down on the break? "Thought about it. Thought about it."

Joseph Goodman

Steve Clifford is the anti-Spoelstra.

Joseph Goodman

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson "ripped something" with his plantar fasciitis. Sounds problematic.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra was comfortable giving Wade 34 minutes b/c of the work that's been going on behind scenes. Kept stints to 8 minutes each.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra says Wade "probably wanted to be cleared about a week before we cleared him."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra on James Jones: "He's one of those unique players that you can pull out of your bullpen. We learned that early."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra: "We became more patient and poised with our attack. You have to be committed as 5 people to work the possession."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra said James Jones was next guy in rotation b/c it's difficult to get into the paint against Charlotte

Ethan J. Skolnick

Miami wins by 11. The difference: 20 points off turnovers, compared to just 5 for Bobcats.

Tom Haberstroh

He got posterized by McBob, but Chris Andersen was an absurd +28 in 22 minutes today.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron James has passed Larry Bird for 9th on playoff scoring list. Bird has bigger problems at the moment.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Charlotte has played hard, and hasn't seemed overwhelmed by moment. But when Jefferson hurt that foot, any chance today was eliminated.

Joseph Goodman

LeBron stands up to watch the Wade tribute video during the timeout. Then sits down for a rest. Heat 85, Bobcats 70

Ethan J. Skolnick

Scottie Pippen missed 38 games in 1997-98. No one remembers, b/c he played all 21 in playoffs & Bulls won a title. That's the Wade plan.

Tom Haberstroh

Dwyane Wade's first 3-pointer since Feb. 3.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade points at the sky -- then rolls a bowling ball -- after that 3. He's got 19, and 2 days of rest coming. Miami, 85-70.

Shandel Richardson

If Al Jefferson doesn't heal, the Bobcats might have to turn to Patrick Ewing.

Joseph Goodman

Miami native and University of Miami Hall of Famer James Jones has been the surprise story of this playoff opener. Jones with 12 pts.

Ethan J. Skolnick

James Jones & LeBron James leave to cheers. In that order.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Good thing the Heat gave James Jones three contracts at once

Shandel Richardson

James Jones is proof those 3-on-3 games in pre-game work.

Shandel Richardson

McRoberts just Paul George-ed Birdman.

Ethan J. Skolnick

LeBron closes the 3rd quarter with a 3. He has 20. Miami leads, 72-65.

Ira Winderman

Heat 72, Bobcats 65 entering the fourth. LeBron 3-pointer for some needed breathing room.

Shandel Richardson

That 3-pointer has to be deflating for Bobcats. They've been playing so well

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra was trolling everyone by not playing James Jones, apparently

Ethan J. Skolnick

James Jones, who had pretty much given up on playing this season, has 6, including 2 layups. Miami by 5.

Ira Winderman

James Jones just something-or-othered Cody Zeller.

Shandel Richardson

James Jones with the ankle-breaker?

Ethan J. Skolnick

Jefferson has more bounce now. Andersen can't guard him.

Ira Winderman

Props to Jones, but wouldn't Battier also offer defense on the other end?

Joseph Goodman

Chalmers, Ray Allen, James Jones, LeBron and Birdman on the court for the Heat.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Wade looks like Wade as the playoffs start. The maintenance program, by that measure, was a success.

Ira Winderman

Wade with the burst of hope.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers appears to have twisted his whatever again.

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.

Ira Winderman

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

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.

Joseph Goodman

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

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.

Ira Winderman

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

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.

Shandel Richardson

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

Ethan J. Skolnick

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

Joseph Goodman

Michael Beasley is wearing skinny jeans?

Joseph Goodman

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