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Preview: Bobcats vs Rockets, Game 16

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Houston Rockets
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 11/26/2010 at 7pm eastern
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, or on tv, ESPN2, and radio, WFNZ-AM 610

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 5-10 104.0 (19) 105.8 (16) 92.4 (23)
Houston 4-10 106.1 (12) 107.5 (22) 99.1 (3)

Previous Meetings:

Charlotte: Gerald Henderson – Questionable
Houston:Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks – OUT

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Rockets
PG D.J. Augustin Kyle Lowry
SG Stephen Jackson Kevin Martin
SF Gerald Wallace Shane Battier
PF Boris Diaw Luis Scola
C Nazr Mohammed
Tyrus Thomas
Chuck Hayes

From the other side:
From Red94.net – Opponent’s shooting by position – Interesting statistical tidbit heading into tonight. The Rockets have been vulnerable at the 1 and 5, by field goal percentage at least. Can the Bobcats capitalize?

Quick thoughts:
A couple of more statistical tidbits, courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau (by way of ESPN – a perk of a nationally broadcast game, I guess):

  • Shane Battier is playing the 700th regular-season game of his NBA career tonight.  He’ll be the ninth player from Duke to reach that milestone.  Only North Carolina (14) and UCLA (13) have produced as many 700-game NBA players as Duke.
  • The Bobcats are 3-6 this season in games that were decided by a margin of no more than five points.  No other NBA team has played as many games decided by such a slim margin.
  • The Rockets have committed more turnovers than their opponent in each of their last seven games.  That’s the longest streak of its kind for any NBA team this season and it’s the longest for Houston since a 13-game streak early in the 2005-06 season (Nov. 10-Dec 3, 2005)

Again – those are from Elias Sports Bureau by way of ESPN.  I included them because:  1) Shane was a senior my freshman year at Duke, 2) The Bobcats should expect to see a couple of close games go their way soon, as luck starts to factor in at the end of games, with talent playing less of a factor, 3) Turnovers are a key issue for the Bobcats and it would seem tonight is another chance to improve on their poor showing in turnovers made and forced.