Unfortunately, the Heat’s projected starting five have yet to play on the same court together, including the span of this training camp.
With windmill dunks, behind-the-back passes, fast breaks and the return of a few fan favorites, the Miami Heat brought energy back to AmericanAirlines Arena in the opening game of the preseason for what feels like the first time since the conclusion of the Big Three era.
Bosh, who missed Miami’s final 30 games last season because of blood clots in one of his lungs, played 23 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds. Brian Roberts led the way with 21 points in the game. Roberts started a 12-5 Charlotte run with a three-pointer, added two free throws moments later and ended the spurt with another trey as the Hornets lead ballooned to 84-75 with 3:54 remaining.
ROOKIE WATCH: Frank Kaminsky and Justice Winslow, the ninth and 10th selections, respectively, in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, each scored nine points.
Aaron Harrison debuted for the Hornets this preseason and finished with three points and one assist in 14 minutes of action.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets starters with 17 points in the game. Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder in Saturday’s preseason win over Orlando.
The Charlotte Hornets next game will be October 11th against the Los Angeles Clippers. Miami meets Orlando in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday.