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Heat send Bobcats into extinction with Game 4 win, sweep of first round series

Apr 28, 2014, 10:14 PM EDT

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The Charlotte Bobcats played their last game ever on Monday, thanks to the defending champion Miami Heat completing their four-game, first round sweep with a 109-98 victory.

Charlotte managed to stay close for the first 24 minutes, and even took a 54-52 lead into the half on the strength of 12 points from Kemba Walker, 10 points from Gary Neal, and Miami’s dismal 2-of-12 shooting performance from three-point distance.

LeBron James went down briefly in the third with what appeared to be a thigh injury, after colliding with Bismack Biyombo on a drive to the basket.

While it didn’t look good initially, LeBron was just fine. He played all 24 minutes of the second half, and scored 20 of his game-high 31 points over the final two periods.

For the Bobcats, there were two performances that stood out. Walker ended up with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting in almost 43 minutes, and for those obsessed with efficiency, Chris Douglas-Roberts turned in an amazing statistical line in that regard, finishing with 14 points on just three shots in under eight minutes of action.

The Charlotte franchise will now become the Hornets moving forward, and the Bobcats will go down in history as having two playoff appearances in their 10-year run, but never being able to win in the postseason even once in eight tries.

The Heat will simply march on, continuing their quest to reach a fourth straight NBA Finals — something which hasn’t happened in 27 years.

They’ll also have plenty of time to rest.

The earliest that a second round series could begin against either the Nets or the Raptors would be Sunday, and that’s only if one of those teams is able to eliminate the other by winning the next two straight.

  1. loungefly74 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    was there any doubt?

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    First Step

  3. gquesen - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    The Heat are winning the East. Is it even a question? I guess I could see the nets giving them some trouble. Maybe the wizards could be a pest with Nene being a monster down low. But seriously, all the drama is in the west. The league really needs to do something about the competitive disparity between the two conferences.

    • realfootballfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      If the Spurs don’t come out fo the West, they’re winning it all again. And I’m starting to question if the Spurs can beat them this year like they had them on the ropes last year. I thought the 4 straight trips to the Finals would be too much, but they really are the favorite now.

    • trbowman - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      No it’s not a question.

      The Nets might not even win their current series. Nobody in the East is challenging Miami, period.

      They can be beaten by some of the teams in the West – the finals are gonna be awfully interesting.

  4. lifegoesonmyfriend - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Miami and Brooklyn on East Semi – Finals.

    Let’s if the brooklyn could do what they have done in the regular season.

    • buffalowned - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      No clue what that means but in cased you missed it Brooklyn is going on the road to play game 5 in a 2-2 series..

  5. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Adios Bobcats, hello Hornets. I’m so happy that Charlotte got that name back. Excited to see those uniforms.

  6. dolphindubs - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM


    As my 8 year-old daughter would say…

    “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”

  7. trbowman - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    You have to feel for Charlotte. They’re a better team than Atlanta and their reward for finishing higher is Miami. They get to watch Atlanta actually win a series against the pathetic Pacers.

    • brokerhenry - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      @trbowman: Ouch!!! That really hurts! You got the 7th seed only to watch the 8th seed beat the one seed!! One thing I noticed about the Bobcats was that they attempted to play conventional basketball with set plays. The Hawks on the other hand tend to just gun and shoot from anywhere. It must be some form of run and gun offense because they jack up a lot of three ball. When those shots fall higher than 35%, you are sunk. Indiana just didn’t match up very well with those pesky Hawks. Not having Horford actually allowed the Hawks to play faster and looser. This has been one heck of a playoffs so far.

  8. miamatt - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Things couldn’t possibly be breaking any better for the Heat.

    Still a long way to go, but they are healthy and getting extended rest. Gotta love their chances.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Heat Twitter is GLORIOUS tonight

    • pantsfreezone - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Heat twitter is glorious every night.

  10. maraneso - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    “The Charlotte franchise will now become the Hornets moving forward…”

    “Moving forward” has got to be the most superfluous phrase in use today. Time only marches in one direction, Einstein.

  11. 00maltliquor - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:12 AM


    They deserve it!

  12. 00maltliquor - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Sucks that Al Jeff couldn’t finish it out. Kemba Walker did ALL he could too. I really would have liked to see them get at least 1 dubya but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

    Good thing they made the playoffs though and didn’t end their exsistance as a lowly loser. I rooted hard for this team in 2014, they won a lot of bets for ya boy, and for that I’m greatful! Salute 2013-14 Bobcats and RIP

  13. phluffyclouds - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:49 AM


  14. ouijason - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Heats path to the finals is lame! Spurs baby! Build it, don’t buy it Miami !!

  15. newyorkball82 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Heat fans will be gone once they start losing. They’re already barely at games as it is.

    • miamatt - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      You misspelled, “Waaaaahhhh!!!! I want my Mommy!!!”

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      The mecca!!


  16. joeksnuffy - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I really have a problem with the way the playoffs are structured. The West is clearly more talented than the East. Miami has a cakewalk to the finals, while the teams in the West will be beating each other up. The team that emerges from the West will be worn out. It’s just not right. Why don’t we just hand the trophy to Miami right now.

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I’m ok with that!

    • shaab23 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      They actually went 11-5 vs. WC playoff teams. I know its the regular season, but the Heat always take the other teams best shot. Obviously the West is more stacked, but the heat would hold their own regardless of which Conference they played in.

  17. golfrangeman - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    If you want to hand them the trophy I’m sure they’ll take it but it’s only one round. Even if they steamroll to the finals who ever they would play will still get a few days rest,the only real advantage is there less likely to get hurt.

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