The Charlotte Bobcats get quite the post-Christmas present on Wednesday night: a date with the defending champion Miami Heat. Not only are the Bobcats free-falling in the midst of a disastrous 15-game losing streak, but the Heat have won five in a row, stand at 19-6, and won’t want to look past the hapless Bobcats like they did the Washington Wizards earlier this year.
Miami doesn’t have a huge matchup right away ahead of them on the schedule, so you can forget about a mental lapse and the Heat simply “looking past” Charlotte. Miami will come into Charlotte guns “a blazin” and the Bobcats will have all they can do just to keep this one competitive.
The lone bright spot is that the Bobcats get to attempt to knock off the Heat at home, while star shooting guard Dwyane Wade has been struggling with his shot. The only real chance Charlotte has here is for Kemba Walker to win the point guard battle in resounding fashion (which he certainly can and probably should), and for the Bobcats to play some of the best defense of their short 2012-12 season.