North Carolina Sports News
Last Update on April 23, 2014 07:37 GMT
MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James says Game 1 of a series is a feeling-out game, and Game 2 is where improvement happens.
That's what he expects from the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Miami took the opener of an Eastern Conference first-round series from Charlotte on Sunday, a game where the Bobcats saw Al Jefferson limp around for the final three quarters because of an ailing left foot.
Jefferson's availability remains in question, although he insists he'll play. In any case, the Heat say they're more worried about their own game.
Heat point guard Mario Chalmers missed practice Tuesday with a bruised shin, an injury from Game 1.
PANTHERS-BACK TO WORK
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton says he was surprised the Panthers released veteran wide receiver Steve Smith this offseason.
Newton says "if you were in the 704 (area code), you were caught by surprise. Everybody in the Carolinas was surprised, including myself."
Newton spoke Tuesday at team headquarters during a break from offseason condition workouts, which began Monday.
Along with Smith, the Panthers also lost Brandon LaFell, Ted Gin Jr. and Domenik Hixon via free agency, meaning Newton will be without his top four receivers from last season.
Newton isn't concerned about developing chemistry with his new group of receivers, even though he'll be out until at least June following ankle surgery.
Newton says the changes mean he needs to "take more ownership of the offense."