Bang the boards! The Charlotte Hornets will be looking to control the glass and get a win against the Miami Heat in game 5 of their Eastern Conference showdown. Catch every basket and all the NBA playoff action from American Airlines Arena on April 27th, at 8pm, EST online here!
The Hornets and Heat are all tied up at two games a piece heading into this round 1, game 5 in Miami. The Heat have dominated NBA playoffs for years, while the Charlotte Hornets, owned by basketball icon Michael Jordan, 53, are still looking for their first ring. The home court has been the difference in each game thus far in this series so the Hornets will need to steal at least one win on the road if they expect to see round 2. Watch all the hard court action from this epic battle online here!
The Heat have to protect the ball better if they expect to make it past the first round. Miami had 17 turnovers in their game 4 loss. The Heat also need to focus on the fundamentals. They shot less than 70% from the line and had no fast break points. None of the Heat starters scored 20 points in game 4 and only 4 of the 5 earned double-digit scoring figures. The Heat need to get serious and execute the basics if they have a chance against the Hornets in this round or the stronger teams that wait after this series.
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Charlotte is playing loose, carefree ball. They are the club having more fun in this series and it shows in the results. The Hornets out-hustled the Heat in game 4. Charlotte controlled the tempo, slowed down Miami, and held them to under 90 points. The Hornets have the recipe for another win, they just need to execute their game plan on the road and they will see second round play.
What do you think HollywoodLifers? Who has the edge in this feast in the east? Will the Heat gobble up the Hornets or will Charlotte make a meal out of Miami? Let us know who you will be rooting for in this round 1 playoff war!