Miami at Charlotte: Three things to watch

Expect the Heat to continue their hot start to the season and cruise to a 3-0 record after tonight's visit to Charlotte to face the Bobcats.

But that doesn't mean there won't be any intrigue in what sets up to be more of a sparring match than an actual fight for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the crew when they enter Time Warner Cable Arena.

Here are my 3 Things to Watch:

1. The Norris Cole-Kemba Walker show: Sure, the Heat's Big Three are the stars of this show. But I think watching rookie guards Cole and Walker go 1-on-1 would be worth the price of admission alone. Cole is coming off a 20-point performance that included a 14-point outburst in the fourth quarter in Tuesday's home win against Boston. Walker put on a similar closing show the other night in Charlotte to help get the Bobcats past Milwaukee.

2. Can the Heat keep up this pace: Miami has averaged 110 points and shot nearly 60 percent from 3-point range through their first two games. The Heat led Dallas by 35 in the season opener and jumped ahead of Boston by 20. But those two opponents have an intense history with the Heat. The question now is whether Miami will maintain that seek-and-destroy approach against perceived lesser competition in Charlotte and Minnesota, especially with the Bobcats being the second foe in as many days.

3. Udonis Haslem's contributions: Quietly, Haslem is putting up solid rebounding numbers, having reached double figures on the board in both outings. His energy and effort off the bench have been overshadowed a bit by the Christmas Day stage in Dallas and by Cole's late-game heroics against the Celtics. It hardly appears that the rugged vet is coming off two foot surgeries, including one that sidelined him most of last season. Haslem overcame a horrible shooting night by finding other ways to be effective against Boston. His toughness was certainly missed by the Heat but never forgotten.