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Dwight on the bench.
Dwight Howard just got away with a cheap shot on Robin Lopez... Lopez picks up a T.
Lillard looks like he's going to keep playing.
Damian Lillard just limped to the bench.
Patrick Beverley galloping down the floor after Mo William sends him into the stanchion. He's enjoying this.
LaMarcus Aldridge just pulled a Dwyane Wade. LMA's last 3 came over a month ago.
Blazers current eFG%: 34.3 percent. Season-low? 36.8 percent (1/28 vs. MEM)
Fouls for everyone!
Houston crowd booing the referees as they exit the court. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard each have three fouls.
Terrence Jones at the 5. Robin Lopez and LMA still in.
Dwight Howard just picked up his third PF. And a tech for dumping the ball on Robin Lopez.
Wes Matthews caught James Harden napping. Surprise, surprise.
Rockets on 20-6 run.
LaMarcus Aldridge after one: 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk and altered several more. Blazers up 27-20.
LaMarcus Aldridge has been a beast around the rim. 10 pts, 5 reb, 2 blocks. Dwight Howard: 0-4 FG, 0 points.
Twin Tower time. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard on the floor together.
How badly did James Harden flop there? They showed the replay here in Houston and fans were silent.
Based on how most of these Game 1s have gone, I'm going to have to go with the Blazers on this one.
Dwight Howard and James Harden slow back in transition. Wes Matthews wide open 3, putback by LMA. Boom.
Wife was annoyed at that one woman right in the middle who "just couldn't wear the red shirt already".
Just imagine if the Celtics beat the Wizards in the regular-season finale. Heat vs WASH would have been interesting
Bulls should really be down 10 points with that offensive interference basket from Noah.
First impression of Toyota Center: HOLY JUMBOTRON
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.
Just arrived to the Toyota Center. Been 17 years since Houston hosted a first-round Game 1. http://t.co/Ido9idijTz
Chris Bosh has had plantar faciiitis and it lingered for weeks. When told about Jefferson, he was sympathetic. "That is a terrible injury."
LEBRON: "Nine turnovers for five points shows that we were very conscious of taking care of the ball."
LEBRON on if Wade "looked right": "Can't get no righter. He was in attack mode and got to the rim."
LeBron says he expects James Jones to be a big part of the playoff plans.
Wade said he didn't think much today. Just played. That's where he wants to be.
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
Wade says he won't call James Jones' move "breaking ankles" but "a little wet on the floor."
Al Jefferson is wearing a protective boot on his left foot.
Charmers banged his shin on Bosh's knee brace. He's fine, though.
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.
And the ankle breaker for a layup? Jones: "You've seen our 3 on 3 games."
Why didn't James Jones throw it down on the break? "Thought about it. Thought about it."
Steve Clifford is the anti-Spoelstra.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson "ripped something" with his plantar fasciitis. Sounds problematic.
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.
Spoelstra says Wade "probably wanted to be cleared about a week before we cleared him."
Spoelstra on James Jones: "He's one of those unique players that you can pull out of your bullpen. We learned that early."
Spoelstra: "We became more patient and poised with our attack. You have to be committed as 5 people to work the possession."
Spoelstra said James Jones was next guy in rotation b/c it's difficult to get into the paint against Charlotte
Miami wins by 11. The difference: 20 points off turnovers, compared to just 5 for Bobcats.
He got posterized by McBob, but Chris Andersen was an absurd +28 in 22 minutes today.
LeBron James has passed Larry Bird for 9th on playoff scoring list. Bird has bigger problems at the moment.
Charlotte has played hard, and hasn't seemed overwhelmed by moment. But when Jefferson hurt that foot, any chance today was eliminated.
LeBron stands up to watch the Wade tribute video during the timeout. Then sits down for a rest. Heat 85, Bobcats 70
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.
Dwyane Wade's first 3-pointer since Feb. 3.
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.
If Al Jefferson doesn't heal, the Bobcats might have to turn to Patrick Ewing.
Miami native and University of Miami Hall of Famer James Jones has been the surprise story of this playoff opener. Jones with 12 pts.
James Jones & LeBron James leave to cheers. In that order.
Good thing the Heat gave James Jones three contracts at once
James Jones is proof those 3-on-3 games in pre-game work.
McRoberts just Paul George-ed Birdman.
LeBron closes the 3rd quarter with a 3. He has 20. Miami leads, 72-65.
Heat 72, Bobcats 65 entering the fourth. LeBron 3-pointer for some needed breathing room.
That 3-pointer has to be deflating for Bobcats. They've been playing so well
LeBron James Jones
Spoelstra was trolling everyone by not playing James Jones, apparently
James Jones, who had pretty much given up on playing this season, has 6, including 2 layups. Miami by 5.
James Jones just something-or-othered Cody Zeller.
James Jones with the ankle-breaker?
Jefferson has more bounce now. Andersen can't guard him.
Props to Jones, but wouldn't Battier also offer defense on the other end?
Chalmers, Ray Allen, James Jones, LeBron and Birdman on the court for the Heat.
LeBron looks frustrated.
Wade looks like Wade as the playoffs start. The maintenance program, by that measure, was a success.
Wade with the burst of hope.
Chalmers appears to have twisted his whatever again.
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.
Kidd-Gilchrist with fourth foul with 7:45 left in third. This is when LeBron can go to work.
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.
James Jones is the first option off the bench in the third quarter. Jefferson now guarding Bosh.
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.
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.
Heat have been challenged more in this game than all of last year's first-round series vs. Milwaukee.
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?
Bobcats begin the second half with an 8-0 run. Timeout Spoelstra.