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Bobcats vs Pacers Preview: 3-on-3 with 8p9s

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Indiana Pacers

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 9-28 99 (27) 108.4 (29) 94.6 (10)
Indiana 23-15 98 (29) 95.7 (1) 92.2 (27)

Previous Meetings:
2012/11/02 – 90-89 – RecapBoxscore

Charlotte: Byron Mullens (OUT)
Indiana: Lance Stephenson (Questionable)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Pacers
PG Kemba Walker George Hill
SG Gerald Henderson Lance Stephenson
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Paul George
PF Hakim Warrick David West
C Bismack Biyombo Roy Hibbert
6th Man Ramon Sessions Gerald Green

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- STATS: Saturday night in Indiana, Charlotte hung tough and gave the Pacers everything that they wanted for 4 quarters. Where the game was lost for the Cats in the statistical category was on the glass — The Bobcats were out-rebounded 48-38 for the game, allowed the Pacers to pull down 17 offensive rebounds and that led to 19 second chance points for Indiana. How can the Bobcats keep the likes of Hibbert, West & Mahinmi off the glass tonight?

Spencer: Lineups that feature Biyombo/Haywood & Adrien at the same time may have to be used more tonight. Warrick has shown some real promise on the offensive end and in transition since coming to Charlotte, but most of the time he’s a liability on the glass. On Saturday night, the Bobcats did give up far too many 3′s, but they’ve got to cut back on their opponents second chance points. Charlotte simply isn’t good enough, defensively, to consistently give their opponents more extra possessions than they get themselves.

Brett: Well, the Bobcats may find it beneficial to deploy the size they do have, rather than leave it sitting on the bench.  I’m talking about giving Gana Diop some time in this game.  While he’s a non-presence offensively, that’s basically true for Brendan Haywood and Bismack Biyombo as well.  Diop moves better on defense than Haywood and has more size than Bis to battle with Indiana’s frontline.  If the Bobcats are going to be paying him, they might as well try to use him in situations like this where he could be of value.

Tim Donohue (8 Points, 9 Seconds): It has to be about sound rotations and committing to the glass. The Pacers place a high value on rebounds, so they bring everyone. It was West and Hibbert who hurt you with offensive rebounding, but there numbers are a little funny. First, 10 of their 14 offensive rebounds (and 11 of the Pacers’ 17 for the game) came in the first quarter. Second, five of the offensive rebounds came on Hibbert misses (2 for Hibbert, 3 for West), and five came on West misses (3 for Hibbert, 2 for West). That indicates to me partially a size/strength advantage, but also poor rotations. It seems to me that Charlotte got a little fixated on the on-ball action, and lost people away from the ball. This is further manifested by allowing the Pacers to hit 8-of-15 1st half (mostly uncontested) three point attempts. That kept the Pacers afloat. Charlotte was oh-so-close to winning that game Saturday, and the difference Tuesday could be just the ability not to lose their men away from the ball.

2- OVER/UNDER: Indiana didn’t have Paul George (illness) on Saturday night against the Cats, but he’s back to full strength tonight. 22 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST tonight for the budding star.

Spencer: Over. I love watching this guy play. MKG will get the first shot at George tonight, but because of his limited minutes lately he’s only going to have so much of an impact on him tonight. As Tim points out, the Bobcats won’t be able to throw so much help at David West tonight due to the fact that George will be back tonight. I think PG gets a lot of second chance points and put backs tonight because of how active he is around the rim at all times against a team who can’t keep anyone off the offensive boards.

Brett: Under on the points and rebounds, though his January averages of 19.0 and 10.7 make those intriguing.  I’d call the assists a pick-em, though if Charlotte collapses on the post like they did Saturday, George could benefit by kicking out to shooters like David West did.

Tim: I’m going to go with the under, but not necessarily by much. Let’s face it, 22/10/4 is a tall order for most players. It will be interesting to see how Dunlap game plans against George, as PG changes the nature of the offense. Saturday, the Bobcats went aggressively after West, which opened up Pacer three point shooters, then West made them pay with a 5-for-6 third quarter, and a 4-assist fourth. George will have the ball in his hands a lot. Couple of things to note, though. First, while Paul is shooting 47.4% and averaging 20.9 ppg at home, his road numbers drop to 36.5% and 13.5 points. Second, Lance Stephenson is questionable tonight, and PG is shooting 45.8% and averaging 18.2 pts per 36 minutes in the 745 minutes he’s been on the floor with Lance. In his other 608 minutes, his shooting drops to 36.9%, and his scoring goes to 14.7 points per 36 minutes.

3- PICK IT: These two teams met just 3 days ago in what turned out to be quite a game. Can the Bobcats make the adjustments tonight and go ahead 2-1 in the season series?

Spencer: Nah, not with Paul George coming back for the Pacers. To think that the Bobcats ALMOST beat an Indiana team that was missing 19 PPG & 10.7 RPG on Saturday night gives me no hope to believe they’ll figure out how to do it tonight. In order for the upset to take place, the Cats have to limit Indiana to less than 12 offensive rebounds, shoot better than 47.5% for the game and commit no more than 12 turnovers. 94-90 Pacers.

Brett: I’ll take the Pacers again.  Between the Pacers size in the frontcourt and solid depth, getting back their potentially best player (it’s getting to be close between George and Granger, no?) gives me no reasons to pick a reversal of fortune.  Besides, what are the odds Kemba Walker gets 3 blocks again so soon?  (Kemba’s 3 blocks on Saturday were all strips of players going up for layups on fast breaks – that’s a combination of quick hands and quick feet to avoid foul trouble.  But 6 points for the Pacers that you wouldn’t expect to lose every game.)

Tim: The Pacers are always beatable, simply because their offensive execution is so poor. Against Brooklyn, all it really took was a 3 and 1/2-minute dead spot to lose a game they should have had in their back pocket. Charlotte can win this game with an almost identical game plan, given a break or two. I don’t think they will, but I didn’t think it would happen back in November, either. I expect a Pacer win, but would not be surprised to see a repeat of the first game in Charlotte.

5 comments to Bobcats vs Pacers Preview: 3-on-3 with 8p9s

  • charlottean

    I think it will still be a good game. After laying an egg against the raptors…the boys brought it the last 2. Should be fired up after last nights hostility.

    These pacers are young….they will be around long enough for us to be good…..good to learn how to play george and hill and hibbert now. They’ll probably be around 5 or 6 years. West is older, but he was the problem sat night.

  • Jsn23nc

    This team needs a defensive coach bad. I dont care if they need to get someone from the Boston bench or Chicago but they need to play better man to man defense like those two teams. Boston and Chicago play on a string when it comnes to defense. When Mullens come back somebody needs to tell him stop shooting so many jumpers and post up more. His FG% amd scoring would improve, Mullens FG% is in the 30% range wich is terrible for a center or forward. If Mullens posted up more he would also get to the free throw line more. The majority of the time Mullens should be on the perimeter is if they post MKG up or let him play isolation on his defender. MKg needs to shoot the ball more than 8 times per game. Last just trade Herderson Charlotte has enough guards, they need more taller athletic big men.

  • charlottean

    it’s not coaching at all. you have a bunch of guys (sessions, gordon, warrick, haywood) who aren’t exactly known as stellar defenders and then we have a bunch of young guys who are still figuring it out. not on the coaching.

    mullens will make more 3′s with more time. he started out like 20% and raised it to 30% over time. he’s stretching his range out this year from about 18 feet to 23. give it time on the %. a lot of guys struggle early on with the nba 3. he SHOULD only be shooting them in transition or in pick and pop situations or a rare biz or mkg post up…..he was adding his post up game in spots but that needs to be a focal point of our offense when he gets back. but in the way of %’s? the extra point he gets off 3′s equalizes a lot of that. The bigger thing is him doing BOTH consistently. The idea that anyone on our roster is going to get calls right now is dreamy. not realistic. 3 years from now, all these guys will get calls but now? nope. it’s the nba.

    trade henderson? if it’s for a comparable young guy maybe but i can’t think of anyone you could get for him that would be even close to as good. what SHOULD happen is that everyone get off the ben gordon bandwagon and give henderson those shots and minutes and taylor the rest. Gordon only helps the team when he’s lights out. when he’s not, he’s giving up way more than he’s putting up. too many turnovers, dumb shots, and horrible defense. henderson gives you the same (if not better) net result but he has the potential for more. This guy has gotten the WORST case scenario for a career coming here (close to augustin’s). If he were in toronto, he’d be a much better version of derozen and be getting that big extension. henderson is getting you more Points per shot currently. cannot understand the infatuation with gordon and the hate for henderson other than people not knowing basketball and just casually glancing at box scores when gordon scores 30 one night.

    henderson and williams is way better than gordon, henderson, and williams. addition by subtraction.

  • Spencer/SDS

    1) mullens shoots low 40%, not 30% ^^, 2…i agree with Charlottean (this is not uncommon) ^^
    haven’t been able to watch the current game…got on espn quick to see the score…and oh God….i’m not going to start watching lol

    Gordon, the thing about him is he is so damn sexy/flashy when he is hot, dude is a top 5 shooter (especially when he is hot)…his issue is as you said everything else…

    Henderson doesn’t score as much nor as quickly-simply due to less looks(team isn’t looking at him to be the scorer) and he doesn’t have that i have ball, me shoot, me have ball, shoot…which isn’t a bad thing, if anything it is good…on any other team…we simply need him to be more assertive…:(

    Henderson-dude shooting 50% from 3, even if only from around 1.5 A per game currently…he doesn’t chuck up 3 pointers with 2 people trying to tackle him as he does a running fade away in the corner-god damn i love Gordon’s 3 point shot lol….

    Gordon…is an issue on defense and when he has the ball lol…he isn’t a half bad rebounder (especially for his size) or scorer^^

    anyway…i miss Mullens so much at this point…yea he doesn’t need to be taking 5 + 3 points per game…get that down to 3 per game…and get those other 2 shots into post up shots and i will be happy^^

  • charlottean

    I was referring to 3 pt %. Although he will eventually be a 40% shooter from there if we keep giving him the looks. I feel for him though….i tore my ankle up the same and it took a good 6 months to be back. I STILL feel the affects of it from time to time.