National Basketball Association
Charlotte at Miami
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, October 28, 2016
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

The Charlotte Hornets came within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season but were crushed 106-73 in Game 7 at the Miami Heat. The Hornets will get an early chance to erase some of that pain when they take on a much different Heat roster in a visit to Miami on Friday.

Joe Johnson, Luol Deng, Dwyane Wade and Gerald Green combined for 52 points in the Heat's Game 7 win last season, and all departed in the offseason as the franchise rebuilt around center Hassan Whiteside and point guard Goran Dragic. Those two looked right at home in leading a younger roster to a 108-96 win in the season opener at Orlando on Wednesday. Charlotte returned a bigger portion of its roster from last spring but believes it is better in part because small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is fully healthy and ready to take some of the scoring load off Kemba Walker's shoulders. Kidd-Gilchrist breezed to a team-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with 14 rebounds in the Hornets' 107-96 win at Milwaukee to open the season on Wednesday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Charlotte), FSN Sun (Miami)

ABOUT THE HORNETS (1-0): The biggest piece Charlotte added after last season is right in the middle with veteran center Roy Hibbert, who is trying to resurrect his career back in the Eastern Conference. The 29-year-old delivered 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in his team debut and impressed his new teammates. "He’s such a security blanket back there," forward Marvin Williams told the Charlotte Observer of Hibbert. "You know if you get beaten, there’s always someone back there to cover for you. It makes you more confident to take chances."

ABOUT THE HEAT (1-0): Miami handed the keys to the franchise to Whiteside with a four-year, $98.4 million contract over the summer and he did nothing to suggest he would coast on the new deal while posting 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes on Wednesday. The departures of Wade, Deng and Johnson allowed Justice Winslow to slide into the starting lineup, and the second-year small forward from Duke added 15 points and eight boards alongside Whiteside. Dion Waiters and 24-year-old Tyler Johnson are also in line for bigger roles in the backcourt.


1. Dragic, who scored 25 points in the Game 7 win last spring, put up 16 points in the opener.

2. Hornets C Frank Kaminsky (foot) sat out the opener and is questionable for Friday.

3. Charlotte won in its last regular-season trip to Miami, earning a 109-106 victory on March 17.

PREDICTION: Hornets 103, Heat 101
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Charlotte 1-0 W1 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
Miami 1-0 W1 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0
Last Meeting
Charlotte Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
5/1/16 CHA 73 MIA 106 73 36 32.1 106 58 48.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Charlotte F. Kaminsky 12 20.0 4
Miami G. Dragic 25 64.7 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Charlotte C. Zeller 7 1 6
Miami H. Whiteside 12 5 7
Assists Player  
Charlotte K. Walker 6
Miami L. Deng 4
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Charlotte F. Kaminsky 82 38.5 14
Miami H. Whiteside 107 63.4 17
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Charlotte M. Kidd-Gilchrist 61 14 47
Miami H. Whiteside 76 17 59
Assists Player  
Charlotte K. Walker 27
Miami G. Dragic 45
Quickchart Matchup
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  Miami Miami Defense
Charlotte Off vs Miami - Points For 107.0 Points For
Charlotte Off vs Miami - Points Against 96.0 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 44.9 FG%
Miami - FG% 38.6 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 51.0 Reb
Miami - Reb 44.0 Reb
Miami Miami Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
Miami Off vs Charlotte - Points For 108.0 Points For
Miami Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 96.0 Points Against
Miami - FG% 48.5 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 42.4 FG%
Miami - Reb 52.0 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 46.0 Reb