Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets Playoff Preview: Player vs. Player Breakdown

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2. Dwyane Wade vs. Courtney Lee

Dwyane Wade vs. Courtney Lee

If there’s one area the Heat have a clear advantage in, it’s the shooting guard position. Wade is a more productive player than Lee in numerous aspects of the game. Wade, who’s noted the regular season means little to him, will take his game to the next level as the Heat rely on his superstar play.

Lee, 30, has developed a nice role in Charlotte since being traded, but the guard has barely performed beyond the average status. Asking the eight-year pro to guard a future Hall-of-Famer will be a daunting task.

Whether it’s Lee, Nicolas Batum or Marvin Williams spending time guarding Wade, they’re going to have trouble containing the Heat’s all-time leading scorer. The 13-year veteran will be in the postseason for the 11th time of his career. Not only does Wade have more postseason experience than Lee but he’s played in more playoff games than the entire Hornets starting lineup combined.

Advantage: Miami

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.