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Bobcats vs Raptors Preview: QCH 2-on-2

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Toronto Raptors

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Away Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 14-50 100.8 (29) 111.6 (30) 91.5 (17)
Toronto 25-40 105.8 (14) 107.6 (23) 90.5 (24)

Previous Meetings:
2012/11/21 – 98-97 – RecapBoxscore
2013/1/11 – 99-78 – RecapBoxscore

Charlotte: Ramon Sessions (OUT), Byron Mullens (day-to-day)
Boston: Rudy Gay (day-to-day), Andrea Bargnani (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Raptors
PG Kemba Walker Kyle Lowry
SG Gerald Henderson DeMar DeRozan
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Rudy Gay
PF Josh McRoberts Amir Johnson
C Bismack Biyombo Jonas Valanciunas
6th Man Ben Gordon Alan Anderson

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- STATS: For the most part, neither of these teams sticks out in a positive way statistically. Toronto (12.7) and Charlotte (13.0) are both top-5 in the league in Turnover Ratio. Is the team that causes more turnovers the favorite tonight?

Greg: It’s definitely possible, but I’m not sure how much it would benefit Charlotte. The Bobcats aren’t particularly good at forcing turnovers, ranking 21st in TOV%.  When they do force mistakes, they aren’t always great at taking advantage of it. Only 15.2 percent of Charlotte’s offense comes off of turnovers, which is 28th in the league.

It could come down to free throw shooting — both teams are skilled at drawing fouls, ranking in the top ten in FT/FGA. If that does decide the game, Charlotte likely holds the edge. Toronto fouls like crazy, rating dead last (by a pretty wide margin) in opponent free throw attempts.

Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic: If that’s the case, the Bobcats probably win. The Raptors rank highly but have dropped to middle of the pack since dealing Jose Calderon, including 17 turnovers against Boston on Wednesday night. Jonas Valanciunas’ turnovers are an acceptable part of learning in the post, but Kyle Lowry and Rudy Gay haven’t taken great care of the ball lately either. The biggest change has been DeMar DeRozan, who had a nice tidy turnover rate before but has turned the ball over on one extra possession a game since Gay came in. I don’t fault the players individually, really, as Dwane Casey’s sets lack movement and proper spacing, forcing a lot of one-on-one play and late bail-out passes.

2- RUDY GAY: Toronto is better on the offensive and defensive end of the floor when Rudy Gay is in the game. Gay ON floorOffensive Rating- 103.4; Defensive Rating- 98.6. Gay OFF floorOffensive Rating- 96.2; Defensive Rating- 109.5. There’s been some criticism dealt Toronto’s way about doing this trade. Assess.

Greg: Gay’s impact on the court is almost secondary due to his salary. His cap hit makes it very difficult for Toronto to make any big moves in the next two seasons — they’re already essentially locked in for next year’s team, with over $67 million already committed. They’ve gone 9-10 since the trade. How much better can they reasonably expect to get?

Blake: Yeah, people don’t love it, myself included. But my issue was more with the loss of roster flexibility and overpaying a good-not-great player more than anything. Has Gay really improved the team? While the on/off court numbers support it, the Raptors are actually the pretty similar before and after the deal as a whole (-2.1 points per 100 possessions before, -0.5 since per Stats tool), and that improvement is owed at least in part to a friendlier schedule in that stretch. The biggest issue is Gay’s shot selection, as he’s shooting a terrible percentage (37.9%) and can’t hit a three to save his life (23.5%) but continuing to fire from everywhere. Again, some of it is the lack of offensive creativity from the bench, but a good deal of the blame comes down to his decision making, too. Maybe the Raptors are a bit better with Gay in the fold, but he’s got a long way to go to “changing the franchise” as was hoped.

3- PICK IT: Don’t say this often (or ever), but the Bobcats are coming off a 26-point beat down of the Celtics on Tuesday night. The Raptors lost by 24 in Boston one night later. Who you got?

Greg: I’ll take the Raptors. Charlotte’s defense looked good for stretches against the Celtics, but they haven’t been able to play with any consistency this season. I’ll buy in when they can string together a few competitive games.

Blake: I’m going to say Toronto, because the tanking is strong with Charlotte. Of course, they’ve got a nice cushion for that bottom spot, but the Raptors don’t really have much incentive to tank (their pick is top-three protected, and a top-three selection is a long shot now) and SHOULD want to bounce back with a win.

4 comments to Bobcats vs Raptors Preview: QCH 2-on-2

  • charlottean

    if rudy gay plays, toronto, if he sits, charlotte.

    Toronto IS in no-man’s land with or without the trade. the trade made them better potentially competing for a 7 or 8 seed next year, and it didn’t really wreck a rebuild because they weren’t a bottom 5 team this year or next either. IF terrence ross and valancunius make huge leaps between now and next year or the year after…..they might have something there with lowry, gay, bargani, etc. I expect bargani to come back A LOT better than he was this year. He looked horrible this year, got hurt a lot. the guy was a #1 pick. He’s supposed to be the better version of gallinari. He wasn’t this year, but he has been before. He had his most efficient year last year making a ton of his FT’s etc. If he comes back and the youngn’s grow up, they could be a dark horse team. they could surprise people. BIG IF though.

    keep in mind, they still have the amnesty clause AND toronto is far from a small market team. People forget that because of how poorly managed their personnel has been for years. That’s a first class city and the pride of canada. They could easily afford tax bills for the right deal. Pau gasol could easily be wearing a toronto uni next year and have the team looking like memphis’ twin brother. bargani and some expirings for gasol makes sense for both sides (think ryan anderson w/ orlando playing with dwight) and toronto could amnesty klieza or johnson to make it manageable for them.

    the other scenario is that they amnesty johnson or klieza and bargani comes back playing horrible and they win 36 games next year and the year after. but i don’t criticize the rudy gay deal for them at all. only bad part of it was giving up ed davis. they clearly wanted lowry over calderon and he was expiring. they gave up calderon and davis and a 2nd. for gay. it was a no brainer. they make another move like that and they are a contender. they fail to do so and they are mediocre. simple as that.

    they could do the same deal for amare also……another option. josh smith in a sign and trade. there are deals out there this summer where they could make a power move being the only big market team outside of houston that isn’t effed with 100 million payrolls.

  • Spencer/SDS

    MKG got almost 30 minutes…which makes me happy, Dunlap has prevented MKG from going through growing pains as a player…something i believe is necessary to get better, if you just take them out immediately when they aren’t doing well then they can’t improve on what is going wrong in game….

    othewise…jsut blah tonight….blah

  • chris in union county

    Rudy Gay is a poor mans version of Durant but that’s still better than anything we have in the QC

  • charlottean

    rudy gay doesn’t belong ANYWHERE near a sentence talking about durant.

    he is a solid basketball player, but not even a poor man’s durant. we might have made him look like a poor man’s durant last night. anyway…….MKG will be everybit of the player gay is. He’s 19…by the time he’s 25, he will be.

    solid game by henderson, but you can’t win when you shoot 32%. I mean we won the turnover battle, we had 15 offensive boards to their 10. we had way more possessions. we just did nothing with those possessions. ben gordon shooting 16 shots when he’s on fire is one thing. ben gordon shooting 16 shots when he’s missing everything is absolutely ridiculous. I hate watching this guy play. hate it. I actually liked it at the beginning of the year and I can’t for the life of me remember why. Hate this guy’s game. fade away 3′s yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy©special ed.