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- Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion) will not play. Jeff Taylor is expected to start in his place.
- Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo has blocked at least two shots in two of the past 14 games.
- This is Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s first game against Charlotte since he was suspended for kicking Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions in the groin Dec. 26.
- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who will coach the East team in the All-Star Game, said he is undecided if he will start center Chris Bosh. There is an open spot in the starting lineup with Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo out for the season with a knee injury.
- Spoelstra said he will continue to explore lineup options, including playing Bosh and Chris Andersen together. The Heat have used the lineup in the past two games.
– Zachary Paul