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The Heat are 3-2 this preseason after a three-point win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Rashard Lewis scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to lead the squad. MVP LeBron James sat out that contest with "general soreness," according to the Associated Press, though he is expected to play tonight.
However, Miami will likely be without another member of the "Big Three," Dwyane Wade. Wade, who scored 13 points in the first half against San Antonio, will sit out as part of his ongoing rehab from offseason knee surgery, according to the Miami Herald.
Wade does expect to play in the club's preseason game tomorrow night against the New Orleans Hornets.
"I had a good week coming back from China and really hit it during practice and in those two games but now I'm going to be smart with my body and come back Wednesday and Friday," Wade said, according to the Herald.
The Bobcats, meanwhile, have nowhere to go but up after the worst season in NBA history. Charlotte finished 7-59 in 2011 and scored just 87 points per game, according to AOL Sporting News. Defensively, the squad allowed over 100 points per game and was 29th in the league in shooting percentage.
Charlotte took several big risks this offseason, starting with the hiring of Mike Dunlap as its new head coach. Dunlap was an assistant coach at St. John's but only has two years of NBA coaching experience- as an assistant under Denver Nuggets coach George Karl.
The Bobcats then were screwed over in the NBA Draft, not earning the first pick despite their historically bad record. Charlotte thus lost out on University of Kentucky's Anthony Davis and instead picked his teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, with the second overall pick.
Many thought the Bobcats would pick a proven scorer to help their struggling offense, but Kidd-Gilchrist is more of a defender. Still, he is the kind of "effort" player that a rebuilding squad needs.
The Bobcats are 1-4 this preseason, losing four straight after winning their opener against Washington. On Saturday, the squad trailed by as many as 19 points against Detroit before coming back to take the lead with just over three minutes left. But the Pistons ultimately pulled ahead once again and won by five.
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