MIAMI – The Miami Heat are hoping to hold serve at home in their opening round Eastern Conference Playoff series.
The Heat looked dominant at home in Games 1 and 2.
When the series shifted to Charlotte, it changed.
In Game 4, Miami had 0 fast break points.
Heat guard Goran Dragic said "You know, you're sleeping in your bed, you're playing in front of your crowd. They give you that extra energy boost, it's way different."
Heat rookie Justise Winslow said, "It should be fun tonight. We have our fans. They'll give us a lot of energy and that will help us speed up our tempo."
The Heat's other rookie Josh Richardson said, "Every game seems to come down to small that you do better in the game. There's no time to make small mistakes that you were making in the regular season."
Head Coach Erik Spoelstra has consistently talked about how close these two teams are and have been throughout the season.
So, what will decide the series? Spoelstra said, "Consistent, 48 minutes, really. When you're dealing with two teams that are so close from a competitive standpoint, any gaps in consistency end up being the separators."
The Heat emphasized Wednesday that Chris Bosh remains out indefinitely.
Bosh's wife and Bosh took to social media on Tuesday intimating that he wants to return to the court.