Game #50: Bobcats @ Warriors 2-on-3 Preview « Queen City Hoops

Game #50: Bobcats @ Warriors 2-on-3 Preview

Who: Golden State Warriors vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Warriors Home Game

When: 10:30 PM ET

Where: Live at ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Golden State 29-19 103.9 (15) 99.3 (4) 99.0 (5)
Charlotte 21-28 98.3 (25) 101.3 (7) 95.3 (21)

Previous Meetings:

12/9/14 – 115-111 Bobcats.

Golden State: David Lee (Questionable), Jermaine O’Neal (Questionable)
Charlotte: Kemba Walker (Questionable), Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Warriors Bobcats
PG Stephen Curry Kemba Walker
SG Klay Thompson Gerald Henderson
SF Andre Iguodala Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF David Lee Josh McRoberts
C Andrew Bogut Al Jefferson
6th Man Harrison Barnes Ramon Sessions

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- Golden State is 2nd in the NBA in 3PM (9.4/game) and 3FG% (38.3%) – In the Bobcats win over the Warriors back on 12/9 they were able to hold them to just 29.7% from behind-the-arc — Kemba also scored 31 that night. So, what’s more important for Charlotte’s chances tonight: Limiting Golden State’s effectiveness from bonusphere, or the possible return of Kemba?

Spencer: Limiting Golden State from downtown. They’re going to get up shots from deep, but being able to contest them consistently is the tough part. There’s a very thin line between playing good help defense and staying attached to shooters – usually it comes down to effort and extremely crisp defensive rotations — the Bobcats have been above average at both this season, so there’s hope that they make it tough tonight for the Dubs.

Greg: The three-point shooting. As much of a boon as it would be to have Kemba back, the Bobcats have shown that they can win without him: It’ll just take a tight defensive game and a lot of points from Al Jefferson. Giving more minutes to Anthony Tolliver might help keep up in the three-point arms race, too, though they’ll need to balance that with MKG’s defensive play.

2- CURRY’S REVENGE. Naturally, Stephen didn’t enjoy losing in his hometown back on 12/9, so tonight will carry some fueled motivation. In his past 5 games, Curry is averaging 32 PPG and firing a ridiculous 59.5% from deep. Any thoughts on how Charlotte can slow this production down?

Spencer: Just make sure you’re chasing on his hip and don’t go under any screen. Have to make Curry put the ball on the floor and make a play going towards the rim. It takes constant effort and focus to guard a guy like Curry because of the non-stop motion when he’s off the ball.

Greg: This is a little bit of a chicken-and-egg situation, but Curry tends to be more ball-dominant in Golden State losses. He averages 28.9 points in losses vs. 22 points in wins, and his assists take a hit. His turnovers shoot up in losses, as well, averaging 5.4 vs. 3.4 in wins. If they can harass him into giving the ball away and take away his passing, they’ll have a much better chance at a W.

3- PICK IT. The Bobcats are assured to get out of this west coast trip at .500, but is there a shot they sweep Golden State on the season and make out of this trip 3-1?

Spencer: Nah. This would become the new biggest win of the season if they were able to knock off the Warriors on the road, but just can’t picture it.

Greg: I just don’t see Charlotte keeping up with the Warriors right now, especially at the Oracle. I’ll be happy if they can keep things close and relatively entertaining.

10 comments to Game #50: Bobcats @ Warriors 2-on-3 Preview

  • charlottean

    looking forward to see how jefferson vs. bogut shakes out. that trade is paying off majorly for GS.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Refs just gave the warriors 3 pts when the quarter either 1) runs out 2) foul by the bobcats 3) foul by the warriors….all 3 didn’t happen…these refs need to be fined for the idiocy…seriously, sports should fine their refs for this type of stupidity.

  • Spencer/SDS

    why keep your starters out when the game is won??? Henderson could have been hurt near the end…why waste the legs minutes when there is no reason too??? You don’t make friends by keeping your starters in when you’ve already won…nor does it do anything but allow for a potential injury when there should never be one…meh whatever

    Only saw the end of the 3rd and 4th quarter….looked like Golden State couldn’t make anything easy…and just chucked up bad shots rather then work for a good shot while I was watching…Missed 4 easy layups that would have highschool coaches screaming bloody murder, the warriors did not have a good day lol….

  • NCTony

    BOBCATS PLAYED GOOD defense all around, did give up plenty of second chances but they didnt capitalize. we didnt foul and put them o the line and didnt let them shoot any uncontested 3;s big al eat up Bogut

  • Dave Walshy

    @Spencer, Clifford rule #1: Biyombo must never play.

  • Dave Walshy

    They’re going to lose their pick… Awesome…

    • Devin

      We still have portland and Detroit s in the first round with a second round pick. Detroits is in lottery too

  • charlottean

    might lose that detroit pick too…..detroit is sitting in 10th right now……2 slots to go or a lottery bump. we want detroit right where they are though……we either want to lose their pick this year and have it only top 1 protected next year, or get a 9th or 10th this year. that’s about premium net for that trade. they (detroit) expected that pick to be lower.

    tough stretch of schedule ahead. sink or swim time for the playoff hopes.

  • NCTony

    The Draft talent is also a little over hyped. Wiggins is not the next coming of MJ or Kobe. Parker also very talented but not Super Star either. Talented yes but I will bet you 2014 draft will be on par with most other drafts, with 2013 being very sub par. Embiid is best talent on Kansas and he may not come out.

    And Biyombo is still a project – be honest with yourselves. Hopefully he gets traded away in ,my opinion. ( Greg Monroe is latest rumor besides Evan Turner) . We hang on because we drafted him and don’t want to admit failure. (CHO). Sounds like Gordon , Sessions, and the Biz can all be had for the right deal.

  • NCTony

    Here’s the entire back-to-back counts for all 30 teams.

    Pretty obvious the weaker teams get hit harder with back to backs 8 more than Knicks for example… How does that happen?

    Charlotte Bobcats: 22

    Milwaukee Bucks: 21

    Utah Jazz: 21

    Cleveland Cavaliers: 20

    Detroit Pistons: 20

    Washington Wizards: 20

    Indiana Pacers: 20

    Brooklyn Nets: 20

    Boston Celtics: 20

    Houston Rockets: 20

    Minnesota Timberwolves: 20

    Philadelphia 76ers: 20

    Atlanta Hawks: 20

    Los Angeles Lakers: 19

    Portland Trail Blazers: 19

    Sacramento Kings: 19

    San Antonio Spurs: 19

    New Orleans Pelicans: 19

    Phoenix Suns: 18

    Toronto Raptors: 18

    Orlando Magic: 18

    Memphis Grizzlies: 18

    Miami Heat: 17

    Los Angeles Clippers: 17

    Chicago Bulls: 17

    Dallas Mavericks: 16

    Golden State Warriors: 15

    Oklahoma City Thunder: 15

    New York Knicks: 14

    Denver Nuggets: 14

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