Who: Charlotte Bobcats versus Boston Celtics
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 12/01/2009 at 7:30pm EST
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena in the Queen City or on SportsSouth
|Charlotte||7-9||97.5 (28th)||96.2 (1st)||89.7 (28th)|
|Boston||13-4||108.2 (9th)||98.6 (3rd)||91.7 (26th)|
Boston: Tony Allen – DTD;
|PG||Raymond Felton||Rajon Rondo|
|SG||Stephen Jackson||Ray Allen|
|SF||Gerald Wallace||Paul Pierce|
|PF||Boris Diaw||Kevin Garnett|
|C||Tyson Chandler||Kendrick Perkins|
The Bobcats have a chance for payback following a season opening blowout against the Celtics – a 92-59 loss where the Bobcats set a franchise futility mark. Good news: Despite this game being just over a month later, Charlotte is playing like an entirely different team. They are still not a smooth-running, offensive machine, but over their last 5 games, they have put together an offensive efficiency of 106.5, a mark that would put them just above average in the league. With a defense like theirs, that would be plenty.
That defense will be tested tonight by the quickness of Rajon Rondo on the perimeter, Paul Pierce's knack for creating shots and fouls, and Kendrick Perkin's bulk on the interior. Oh, and they have two more potential Hall of Famers filling out the starting lineup in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, though both are mainly jump shooters at this stage in their career.
Oh, and that was not to denigrate KG: He remains an elite defensive presence, holding opponents to about 1 point and 1 rebound less per 40 minutes than expected, and dropping their PER about a point as well. With Boris Diaw floating of late, this is probably not the game to expect him to storm back to form in.