Hornets are looking for some payback in Miami tonight

Charlotte Hornets(1-0) vs. Miami Heat(1-0)

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

Gametime: Friday, 8:00 p.m.

Television: FOX Sports Southeast

Radio: WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM

Last season’s series record: CHA and MIA split season series 2-2

Series history(since 1988-89): MIA leads all-time series 57-39

The Charlotte Hornets look to go 2-0 tonight as they visit South Beach to take on their Southeast Division rivals Miami Heat in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff series, which was won by Miami 4 games to 3.  On Wednesday night in Milwaukee, the Hornets came away victorious thanks to a 107-96 win over the Bucks behind a strong outing from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, while Miami on the other side of the story opened up their season with a win of their own, as they defeated the Orlando Magic 108-96 on the road in Orlando.

Scouting the Hornets

Charlotte’s early first half start on Wednesday night was all the difference in their 107-96 victory to open the season at Milwaukee, and that was something that Hornets head coach Steve Clifford wanted out of his troops in the game on Wednesday, especially the star of that game, MKG, who would lead Charlotte with 23 points to go with 14 rebounds in the victory.  Tonight, the Hornets have their work cut out for them, as they look for a little bit of revenge from last year’s first-round playoff match-up by visiting Miami to open up Southeast Division play against a new-look Miami Heat squad, before they head back to Charlotte for tomorrow night’s home opener at Spectrum Center against Boston.

Scouting the Heat

After eliminating Charlotte in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, the Miami Heat’s quest at another championship ring was stopped short last season at the hands of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, and that would eventually signal the end of the Dwyane Wade era in Miami.  Entering the season, Erik Spoelstra’s team has undergone several minor changes since Wade would leave Miami and sign with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, meaning that this year’s Heat roster has a new look as it’s now in the hands of Justise Winslow and Gastonia native Hassan Whiteside.  But their style of play hasn’t changed as we saw in Wednesday’s win on the road in Orlando, and Miami is looking to give their home fans something to cheer about tonight as they welcome in the Charlotte Hornets to AmericanAirlines Arena to open up the Heat’s portion of their home schedule.

FACT OF THE DAY: The Charlotte/Miami rivalry dates back to the 1988-89 season, as both, the Hornets and Heat would join the NBA as two of the league’s four new expansion franchises that would begin play in that season.

NEXT 4 GAMES FOR THE HORNETS(Home games in BOLD)

  • Saturday: Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
  • Wednesday: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
  • November 4th: Charlotte @ Brooklyn Nets(7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
  • November 7th: Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)