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Charlotte vs Cleveland Preview

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Cleveland Cavaliers
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 02/19/2010 at 7pm EST
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena in the Queen City or on SportsSouth

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 26-26 103.6 (23) 101.9 (4) 91.3 (28)
Cleveland 42-12 110.4 (4) 102.8 (7) 91.6 (25)

Previous Meetings:
10/31/2009 – 90-79 Cleveland – RecapBoxscore

11/27/2009 – 94-87 CLT – RecapBoxscore

20100103 – 91-88 CLT – RecapBoxscore

Charlotte: DeSagana Diop – OUT; Nazr Mohammed and Tyson Chandler – Game Time Decisions
Cleveland: Mo Williams – Game Time?

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Cavaliers
PG Raymond Felton Daniel Gibson
SG Stephen Jackson Anthony Parker
SF Gerald Wallace LeBron James
PF Boris Diaw J.J. Hickson
C Nazr Mohammed Shaquille O'Neal

Both teams acquired players at the trade deadline – both teams are counting on them contributing tonight. For Cleveland, coming off an overtime loss to the Nuggets last night, Antawn Jamison provides fresh legs and scoring punch. For the Bobcats, Theo Ratliff and Tyrus Thomas provide big man depth when the Bobcats may be missing their first 3 centers – Diop, Tyson, and Nazr. As effective as the Bobcats have been with Boris at the 5 this season, counting on him slowing down Shaq for long stretches may be a bit much. Hope for foul trouble for Shaq and one of the regular 5s to be able to go for 20 minutes. Oh, and LeBron James will be a focus defensively as well – though the Bobcats now have Stephen Jackson, Stephen Graham, Gerald Wallace, and Tyrus Thomas to rotate on him. So, maybe he only goes for his averages.

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