Game #21: Bobcats vs. Warriors 2-on-3 Preview « Queen City Hoops

Game #21: Bobcats vs. Warriors 2-on-3 Preview

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Golden State Warriors

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Efficiency
Defensive
Efficiency
Pace
Charlotte 9-11 93.9 (28) 93.9 (3) 94.9 (24)
Golden State 12-9 103.6 (11) 99.1 (7) 98.6 (7)

Previous Meetings:
Nope.

Injuries:
Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (OUT), Bismack Biyombo (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)
Golden State: Andre Iguodala (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Warriors
PG Kemba Walker Stephen Curry
SG Gerald Henderson Klay Thompson
SF Anthony Tolliver Harrison Barnes
PF Josh McRoberts David Lee
C Al Jefferson Andrew Bogut
6th Man Ramon Sessions Draymond Green

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- STATS. The Warriors are top half of the league in just about every category you can think of. As we know, Charlotte is extremely stingy on defense, but struggle to score. What’s the most important statistical category to get the best of Golden State in?

Spencer: The Warriors shoot 49% in ‘spot-up’ opportunities (MySynergySports.com), that’s the best percentage in the NBA. For Charlotte, that means that defensively they must stay attached to shooters in the half-court + stop the ball quickly when being advanced by Golden State. The Warriors are going to stretch any defense because of the way they space the floor, but it will be interesting to see if the Bobcats can keep ball handlers in front on one-on-one situations.

Greg: Limiting Golden State’s three-point attempts would be great, but that might be unrealistic — the Warriors are going to shoot, and there’s not a ton you can do about it. The Bobcats are more likely to take advantage of turnovers, as Golden State ranks 29th in offensive giveaways. Converting those into easy points will go a long way.

2- STEPH. Kemba matched up with Stephen Curry. Meh. Is there another fold that Charlotte will throw into the mix to slow the dynamic PG down?

Spencer: Curry is a ridiculous 76.9% from 3 in ‘spot-up’ opportunities (MySynergySports.com), so you literally cannot leave him defensively when the ball isn’t in his hands. Forcing him into as many PnR situations as possible is the strategy here, where he only shoots 41.2% from the floor. If Jeff Taylor not playing tonight severely hurts the defensive flexibility of how to guard Curry – Sessions will have to inherit some of the load along with Kemba.

Greg: Playing good team defense and taking away his passing lanes would help. The Warriors (like all teams) thrive on good ball movement, averaging 25.5 assists per game in their wins vs. 19.3 in their losses. When Curry has been forced to create more offense, he tends to get sloppy: he’s averaging more shots and 6.0 turnovers a game in the Dubs’ losing efforts. Charlotte should be doing their best to turn him into a one-dimensional scorer.

3- PICK IT. Again, the Bobcats are still looking for that staple win to prove themselves with. Is this the game?

Spencer: Warriors. I’ve gotten buried a few times by Charlotte this season when picking them to win as the underdog at home. Again, Golden State presents a problem that this Bobcats defense hasn’t had to face a ton this season – ability to space the floor and stretch a defense that many consider to be one of the most connected in the entire league currently. Charlotte will also be without MKG, Taylor and Biz tonight.

Greg: I don’t think so. One of the biggest disparities in Bobcats wins and losses has been defensive three-point percentage: opponents shoot 30.7 percent in Charlotte victories, and 42.2 in defeats. Golden State’s the best-shooting team in the league by far. The Cats will probably just need too many things to go right.

3 comments to Game #21: Bobcats vs. Warriors 2-on-3 Preview

  • Spencer/SDS

    Oh MY GOD, Does Clifford like watching Gordon and Jefferson on the court at the same time (hate defense, and effort???) and why the hell is Adrien taking Biyombos minutes again and Taylor better have a broken leg or Clifford is just a plain idiot….why the HELL IS GORDON TAKING TAYLORS MINUTES???? OR TOLLIVER??? What is wrong with this guy???

    • Spencer/SDS

      Jumped the ball on this one sadly:(
      Didn’t see that Biyombo and Taylor were both hurt, explaining the what I would have considered completely bone headed moves by Clifford. However, Gordon and Jefferson should NEVER be on the court as the same time, Gordon can’t guard the perimeter that well at all and Jefferson can’t protect the paint that well either, the combination of them being on the court together created an awful defense…Tolliver just put me over the edge when I (Once again) didn’t see that he was indeed hurt.

  • charlottean

    it’s amazing how quickly clifford lost his credibility to the point where when guys aren’t playing……..the thought that they are hurt doesn’t even enter the equation. we all just immediately think clifford is doing something dumb again.

    sessions and gordon kill me how they somehow have decent looking stat lines but play HORRIBLE GAMES.

    they accounted for 5 straight empty possessions in the 2nd quarter. i think it was 2 airballs, 2 turnovers (somehow sessions only has 1 on his statline) and an awkward 1 legged leaner by gordon that was a prayer to say the least. glad to know they’re getting good shots up.