CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three observations from the Bobcats' 89-79 loss to the Heat Friday night.
1. This Miami team isn't defenseless without Wade and James.
What should have been a sure-fire mismatch between the teams with the leagues best and worst records looked anything but with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen all sidelined for the Heat.
But the Heat still managed to roll to a win that was never in doubt in the second half. They inserted Mike Miller and Rashard Lewis into the lineup and the veterans helped produce the stingiest defensive effort of the season for the Heat, limiting the Bobcats to just 30.6 percent shooting.
Theyre just tough. Theyre always there to help, said Gerald Henderson, who finished with 11 points on 2 of 16 shooting. Theyve got some good perimeter defenders. Theyre just always there. Theyre very disciplined, and its tough to score on them if you dont move the ball and try to get their guys moving and their bigs out of the paint. We just struggled a...