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

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4. Luol Deng vs. Marvin Williams

Luol Deng vs. Marvin Williams

Perhaps the most underrated member of their respective teams, Deng and Williams may not receive the star attention they deserve during this series but they will make a difference.

Williams has been having a resurgent year, averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds, his best numbers since the 2008-2009 season. On top of that, the forward is drilling a career-high 40 percent of his shots from downtown.

Deng had a rough start to the season but was one of the players who found his way after the break. Since then, the 11-year veteran has posted averages of 15.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

While Deng’s All-Star days are behind him, the 30-year-old has been to the playoffs multiple times. With the Duke University product’s experience, toughness and passion, Williams will have a hard time matching the energy. Similar to Batum, Deng’s production will be heavy on both sides of the court, giving him the edge over Williams.

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.