Holding a 2-0 series lead against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Miami Heat are in complete control of this series.
In both Game 1 and 2, the Heat held double-digit leads but has had lapses at the beginning of quarters that allowed the Bobcats to cut into the deficit. The Heat can’t continue to let that happen, even against an inexperienced Bobcats team. With Game 3 being in Charlotte, the Bobcats are going to come out and play with a lot of energy.
The Bobcats are still looking for their first playoff win in franchise history and Game 3 may be their best chance to get it. If the Bobcats can get off to a quick start, like in Game 1, and with their home fans cheering them on, they may be able to hold the Heat off. However, I just can’t picture that happening in Game 3 because of Al Jefferson’s injury. He’s hobbling up and down the court and he’s not the same efficient player with the injury. So even at home, without Jefferson being at 100 percent, it’ll be tough for the Bobcats to win Game 3.
Everything in this series so far has played to the Heat’s favor: Dwyane Wade is healthy again, James Jones is coming off the bench hitting three-pointers, Jefferson’s injury, and of course having the best player in the world, LeBron James.
The first two games in this series proved my point that nobody on the Bobcats’ roster can guard James one-on-one. That will continue in Game 3- I don’t see anything slowing down James in this series. Also the Heat have never dropped any of their previous postseason series in which they’ve held a 2-0 series lead. The Heat’s experience and superior talent will help them win Game 3 and the series.
For the Bobcats to ultimately win Game 3, they are going to have to play a near perfect game. Kemba Walker will need to play a stellar game and get help from role players like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson. Jefferson needs to provide some sort of an inside presence that will have to make the Heat double team him, which will get open shots for others as well.
For the Heat to win Game 3, they need to get off to a quick start and get the crowd out of the game. James will have another big game and either Wade or Chris Bosh need to put up a 20-point effort.
Game 3 will have its moments where the Bobcats make a run, but in the end the Heat prevail and win 103-91.