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Hornets coach reveals Michael Jordan's role in win over Miami

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The Charlotte Hornets benefited from a new look lineup in game three of their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

On the back of two straight losses, Al Jefferson and Frank Kaminsky were promoted to the starting five and Marvin Williams slotted into the small forward position in place of the injured Nicolas Batum. 

The end result was a 96-80 victory for the Hornets with Kaminsky heralded as the difference maker in a genuine post-up performance that led to 15 points for the rookie.

You'd think Hornets head coach Steve Clifford would want to take credit for the crucial changes but, speaking after the game, he revealed Hall of Fame duo Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing had come to him to suggest a key tactical adjustment.

As reported by ESPN's Justin Verrier, Clifford revealed that both MJ and Ewing - the Hornets' owner and assistant coach, respectively - had both put forward the idea of posting up Kaminsky more regularly in game three.

"When you have two first-ballot Hall of Famers...and they both say, `Post Frank', "you have to post Frank," Clifford said after the win.

Whoever's brainchild the idea was, it certainly paid dividends as Kaminsky played a crucial role in the Hornets' 18-0 run in the third quarter that saw them edge away from Miami.

The seven-foot forward scored nine of his 15 points during the run as he took full advantage of a matchup against Dwyane Wade in the low post.

Miami Heat v Charlotte Hornets - Game Three

With game four of the series taking place on Monday night, Jordan, Ewing and Clifford have a few hours left to think of their next move as the Hornets go in search of a series-tying result.

Topics:
Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
NBA Playoffs
Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade
Michael Jordan
Frank Kaminsky

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