Heat Reaction: Bobcats-Heat, Game 2
LeBron didn't spend as much time trying to settle into his comfort zone as he did in Game 1. Instead, James was aggressive from the start on both ends. He attacked Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the paint and shot through passing lanes for steals. He bailed Miami out of a sluggish overall performance.
Wade anticipated there would be some up-and-down moments throughout these playoffs. Two games in, he's experienced both ends of the spectrum. After scoring 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the opener, he struggled with his shot most of Game 2. A few solid plays, including a game-sealing steal in the final seconds, boosted his night.
After seeing his production dip each month since January, Bosh vowed to follow up his lackluster output in Game 1 with a bit more punch on Wednesday. Early foul trouble led to a slow start, but Bosh maintained his steady hand from 3-point range. His jumper, in addition to some timely blocks on defense got the Heat through.
The box score won't quite reveal the kind of impact Birdman had on this game. Charlotte made matters much tougher than expected on the Heat. And Andersen provided the source of what little energy his team played with Wednesday. Banging with Big Al Jefferson, rebounding and protecting the paint were all in a night's work.
The Bobcats head home down 0-2 in the series, but they've shown tremendous heart and resolve. Jefferson pushed through a debilitating foot injury for a second game to give Miami headaches. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a confidence-boosting performance against James. They're overmatched but certainly far from overwhelmed.