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Game 1: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat GameThread

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The playoffs are finally here, y'all! Chat with other Hornets fans about this evening's game in the comments below.

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The Charlotte Hornets are in Florida this afternoon for the first game of their postseason run against the third-seeded Miami Heat. This is one of the lesser talked about series on a national scale, and that's a mistake. I expect the Hornets to make it to the second round, and while that might not seem interesting or important, chances are we're in for a series of really, really exciting basketball.

If you'd like to catch up on how we got here and what's next for the Hornets, you can read this lovely piece from yours truly.

If you'd like a primer on the Heat, you can read this article from Chris Barnewall. Chris covered everything from rotations to strengths to weaknesses and even a bit about how the Hornets can get past them.

And finally, if you'd like to read our preview of this afternoon's game, Russell Varner's got you covered.

This afternoon's projected starters are Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller. For the Heat, expect to see Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, Luol Deng, and Hassan Whiteside. The Heat starters are stacked, sure, but they'll an older bunch with not much off the bench. We'll see what happens.

And while I have you here, why not grab one of our Kardiac Kemba t-shirts? We're giving 100 percent of our profits to Time Out Youth, a nonprofit in Charlotte that helps LGBTQ youth.

Hop on down to the comments below to chat about this afternoon's game! Tip off is at 5:30 p.m.