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Season Series: Miami leads, 4-0
Excitement Meter: 5
Excitement isn't always about a close series. That's a good thing for those watching the Heat take on the Charlotte Bobcats. This one will probably be over in four or five, and that's no disrespect to the much-improved Bobcats.
While the series won't be uncontested, the primary draw will be that the Miami Heat are playing. They won't be playing just to get through the first round, either. They'll be looking to re-establish rhythm that at times seemed lost near season's end, particularly with Dwyane Wade so often out of the lineup.
Watching this series will be as much about scouting the Heat's progress as it is seeing who wins or loses.
According to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling, the series will also be a rare opportunity to actually see the Bobcats—and centerpiece Al Jefferson—get some attention:
You might just overlook the Bobcats' success because they never appear on national television—a result of Charlotte's smaller-market status, the team's previous disastrous seasons and its lack of a high-flying, inside-out scoring superstar. But Jefferson, as a down-low anchor, has single-handedly brought back to relevance a team that needed a franchise player on both ends of the court.
Jefferson's story is a good one, and it would be exponentially better if his team finds a way to somehow upset Miami. He could be a tough matchup for the Heat, too. If Miami is guilty of one vulnerability, it's lacking a meaty body to throw up against post-scorers like Jefferson.
There's also the very real possibility that the Bobcats have stumbled upon a formula that could give Miami trouble over the course of a seven-game series.
Consider what NBA TV's Dennis Scott had to say about beating the Heat (per Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick):
You need two things at the same time. A point guard who has quickness who can get into the paint, and then I would play big, meaning that I'd have to have one of my two big men, whether it's the power forward or the center, has to be dominant on the block.
In point guard Kemba Walker and Jefferson, the Bobcats seem to have both of those things.
Unfortunately, they don't have the depth of playoff experience to really do business with Miami. Even if this looks like it could become a competitive series on paper, we all know better.