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Bobcats top Cavs at home – Jeff Taylor shows out; MKG strains hamstring

The Bobcats made slight work of Cleveland in their last preseason game at home with a 105-92 win. Charlotte improves to 4-3 on the preseason and have sported one of the best defenses in the NBA during this stretch – last night’s game was actually the first game all preseason that the Bobcats allowed their opponent to score 90+ points.

In the win, Jeff Taylor carried the torch for Charlotte and quite possibly put the SG rotation debate to bed. Taylor finished the game with 20 points on 7-11 (3-6 3FG) shooting from the floor. After Ben Gordon’s 22 point performance on Oct. 17th that featured a 7-9 (4-4 3FG) shooting performance from the floor, many thought, including myself, that this might be the turning point in which Gordon solidified himself in the lineup – maybe even the first SG off the bench behind Hendo. The need for a true ‘shooting’ guard in the rotation (and really in the starting lineup) is well documented and obvious, but if Jeff Taylor can hover anywhere around 38-42% 3P% then go ahead and pencil him in as the first SG off the bench. What Taylor brings on the defensive end contrary to Gordon is as clear as day, but few players in the NBA still holster the shot Gordon does + the ability to simply not miss through stretches.

Clifford and management will have to use Gordon on the floor wisely — he’s the kind of player that most teams in contention will lineup for when the trade deadline comes around. A pure shooter that can space the floor and be what I’d call a ‘momentum sealer’.

Gerald Henderson had a strong performance last night with 19 points (7-13 FG), 5 assists and 3 rebounds. A much needed outing for Hendo.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the second half of last night’s game with a strained right hamstring. MKG left the game with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Although there hasn’t been an official statement with just how serious the injury is, we do have this gem.

The Bobcats will wrap up preseason play on Friday night in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks.