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Clean-up time: 5 Things that must change for the Bobcats to have a chance in Game 2: charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/22/485…

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Steve Clifford's solution to MKG's foul trouble?...Um, huh, stop fouling! charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/22/485…

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So @Michael Lee knew something when he said the Bulls' matchup with the Wizards was not what they wanted.

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ESPN's E:60 has worked for a while on a @Stephen Curry feature.

Bismack Biyombo

It about that time again.. Back to Miami! Make sure you tune in tomorrow at 7pm on #TNT #nextlevel #Game2

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At minimum, I'm sure you'll see an offense Wednesday that is less post-up centric, more pick-and-roll centric. Kemba needs to come up big.

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The issue with Al Jefferson won't be availability, but rather effectiveness. Coaches preparing for eventualities.

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I'm lucky I can file stories to Observer from 37K feet above Georgia. But miss days when planes were one place you could tune out the world.

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I asked Steve Clifford how best to ration MKG's fouls versus LeBron. His reply: Stop fouling: charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/22/485…

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Steve Clifford sounded less than certain at practice that Al Jefferson would play Wednesday.

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Charlotte airport quite a zoo today. Daily deck full, every plane seems packed to capacity. Wheels up to Miami.

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Steve Clifford didn't know whether Al Jefferson will be able to participate in shootaround Wednesday morning.

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I guarantee you the person who cares least about Coach of Year balloting is Steve Clifford.

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Pop wins COY. Clifford finished 4th

Anthony Tolliver

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 #tGbtg

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Doc Rivers can coach a little, huh?

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You have got to love the playoffs!!

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This OKC-Memphis game is compelling evidence why the NBA is such an inferior product to Sun Belt team vs. Kentucky.

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Few years ago writers association advocated that anyone with a financial tie to an NBA team shouldn't vote on awards. Non-starter.

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NBA publishing every media vote for every award. Will be interesting how much "in-house" media votes sway toward those teams.

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Bobcats notepad: Not all about the video from Sunday was a downer: charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/21/485…

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With surprisingly upbeat humor, Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson vows to play through his foot injury: charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/21/485…

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Ex-Carolina Panther Keyshawn Johnson arrested following alleged domestic dispute: msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/keys…

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“They’re going to send me some special Jordans to make me jump higher.” -- Al Jefferson, joking about how equipment could help him.

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"I just felt it pop -- like somebody shot me. A terrible feeling." -- Al Jefferson on his plantar fascia injury.

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Al Jefferson said he has no concerns about worsening injury by playing. Said pain-killers are his "new best friend."

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"I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down." -- Al Jefferson after treatment.

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Based on what Steve Clifford said in a conference call with Miami media, the Bobcats won't try to practice Jefferson Tuesday.

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Joakim Noah is second Defensive Player of Year in Bulls history. First was some dude who now owns the Charlotte Bobcats.

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"There are no long-term effects. Nothing that could be permanent." -- Steve Clifford on whether there's risk in playing Al Jefferson.

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Jefferson had an MRI this morning. No results yet.

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Al Jefferson in walking boot. Availability to practice tomorrow unknown.

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Bobcats medical staff told Steve Clifford there's no risk of further injury by Al Jefferson playing.

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FYI, Wednesday will be local-origination telecast as well as TNT. Exclusivity only applies to ABC in the first round.

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So Charlotte's two more prominent athletes are now both in walking boots. Wonder if Cam and Big Al should compare notes.

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Sounds like Joakim Noah will be named NBA Defensive Player. Well-deserved.

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It was inevitable Mike Woodson would be fired. However the Knicks' dysfunction runs so much deeper than who coached them.

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Wheels down in Charlotte. Wizards beat Bulls, huh?

Bismack Biyombo

It only one game! Learn from it and get better for the next one..

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I'm headed back to Charlotte. @tomsorensen has selflessly agreed to remain in Miami. #servingreaders

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Heat doesn't even feel the need to practice tomorrow.

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I don't think the issue with Al Jefferson will be availability, but rather effectiveness. Heat will put him a zillion pick-and-rolls.

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"I've just got to suck it up. I'll be fine for remainder of the playoffs." --Al Jefferson.

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Jefferson needed a shot to be able to play after feeling a rip in his plantar fascia.

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Steve Clifford says he "ripped" something in his plantar fascia. He felt a "pop."

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Final: Heat 99, Bobcats 88

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Heat has forced 15 turnovers, committed eight.

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Heat has converted 15 Bobcats turnovers into 20 Miami points. Ball game.

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Clifford pulled Big Al. Live to fight another day.

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LeBron was at scorer's table. Now I'm not sure they even need to put him back in. 19-point margin with 5 minutes left.

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Bobcats have scored 5 points this quarter.

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24-7 in free throw attempts.

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shot clock becomes Bobcats' 14th turnover of the game.

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Heat has converted 12 Charlotte turnovers into 17 Miami points.

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Will McRoberts hear from the league about that flop attempt?

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Big Al, Kemba and Henderson back in. Down 10 with 9 1/2 left. Clifford appears to be going with Neal's offense over MKG's defense.

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Two turnovers. Steve Clifford needs to get some starters back in or this is over.

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Ridnour back in after playing just 7 1/2 minutes first half.

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So how long can Steve Clifford go with Biz and without MKG?

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LeBron is 3-of-6 from 3-point range. That's trouble.

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That Cody Zeller putback was much-needed. Heat is the NBA's worst rebounding team.

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Shot clock on Kemba's airball.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tremendous defense by MKG on those LeBron isos.

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

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

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Bosh 2-of-7 from the field.

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

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Gerald Henderson with the tough task of guarding LeBron James.

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

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Gary Neal coming in for MKG.

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

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

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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.

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Took Chris Bosh 14 minutes to score.

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

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

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Chris Bosh has been pretty much invisible.

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

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Big Al and Kemba back in.

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Norris Cole just used Luke Ridnour.

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Al Jefferson back on Bobcats' bench.

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

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Left plantar fascia strain for Al Jefferson. Will return.

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End of first: Bobcats 23, Heat 19.

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Bobcats team physician headed back to locker room.

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

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

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

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Shot clock Heat with ball in LeBron's hands.

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Haslem coming out. Now how will Heat guard Al Jefferson.

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Heat charged with a delay-of-game.

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Bobcats 12, Heat 7. They sure don't looked scared of this moment.