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Bobcats vs Nuggets Preview: 3-on-3 with Roundball Mining Company

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Denver Nuggets

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 13-42 98.1 (29) 108.2 (29) 94.3 (14)
Denver 34-22 106.6 (6) 102.8 (13) 97.4 (2)

Previous Meetings:
2012/12/22 – 87-109 – RecapBoxscore

Charlotte: None
Denver: None

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Nuggets
PG Kemba Walker Ty Lawson
SG Gerald Henderson Andre Iguodala
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Danilo Gallinari
PF Byron Mullens Kenneth Faried
C Bismack Biyombo Kosta Koufos
6th Man Ramon Sessions Andre Miller

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- STATS: Denver is ahead of Charlotte in just about every statistical category. Opposite to last night, the Bobcats want to slow this game down and depict the tempo more if they want a chance — Nuggets are 2nd in PACE (97.4) and 7th in Effective FG% (51.0). Forcing Denver to execute in the half court more than they would like should benefit Charlotte. Is tempo the key to the game for the Bobcats?

Spencer: Against a team like Denver, most want to try and slow the game down a bit. The Bobcats should be one of those teams. Of course, when a fast break opportunity presents itself Kemba & Sessions will look to capitalize, but half court offensive execution has to be a priority tonight. One small thought for the team tonight in order to attain some relative efficiency on the offensive end is to not allow the ball to stick- move the basketball quickly and make Denver guard you. That simple basketball concept can slow the pace of this game down.

Brett: The Bobcats need to dictate the tempo, but in a difficult way – they need to force Denver to play slow while running every chance they get themselves.  The Bobcats’ offense struggles in the halfcourt, so they need the easy baskets they get from transition.  Unless it is a night when Byron is hitting the bulk of his jumpshots – then the Bobcats may survive a ground it out game.

Kalen Deremo (Roundball Mining Company): I would say so. The Nuggets just aren’t a good half-court team no matter how you slice it. If you allow the Nuggets to run, the game is usually over; but if you keep them at bay by playing good transition defense, thus forcing them into a half-court style offense, you have a chance no matter who you are. Additionally, the Nuggets are a really bad road team and they’re on a back-to-back. As the Wizards proved last night, when the Nuggets are on the road they’re a highly vulnerable and can be defeated by anybody.

2- LET’S PRETEND: Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Charlotte and Denver were discussing a trade between Gerald Henderson and Timofey Mozgov. Hypothetically, what would this deal have included for both sides for it to make sense?

Spencer: My inclination is that the demand of draft picks that Charlotte was going to have to give up probably broke down these trade talks. If the Bobcats wanted to bring back both Hickson and Mosgov, then they had to be willing to give up at least one 1st round pick, but they were likely being asked for two. I would imagine that Cho was trying to send Henderson to Denver and Sessions to Portland. I could see Portland being interested in this deal, but Nuggets were likely asking for a pick.

Portland went on to make a deal for PG Eric Maynor with OKC by simply using their $2.3mil trade exception from the Raymond Felton sign-and-trade to New York last summer. So, if Portland was planning on going after Maynor without having to give up anything in the first place, their feet were probably never too warm on the deal either.

Brett: Sorry, but I’m going to abstain on this one.  Getting value for Henderson before free agency would have been good, because I don’t know if the Bobcats are going to re-sign him.

Kalen: I’m not sure. I know Portland was in on it too. But if you’re talking about a deal exclusively between the Bobcats and Nuggets, I’d think the Nuggets would have to throw in something else beside Mozgov alone in order to obtain Henderson. I would think some combination of Mozgov and Anthony Randolph/Quincy Miller/Julyan Stone/ a second-round draft pick would seal the deal.

3- PICK IT: No way Denver drops back-to-back games to the Wizards and Bobcats. Right?

Spencer: Second straight blowout loss at home for the Bobcats tonight. Both teams played last night, but Denver lost a game that they are kicking themselves for and a trip to the Queen City is the perfect opportunity for them to right the ship. If Charlotte comes out with the energy they had last night, they may lose by 50 to Denver. 110-90 Nuggets.

Brett: While it is tempting to joke the Bobcats took last night off and that would give them an advantage – this is Denver’s game.  The Nuggets are the type of high powered offense that gives Charlotte fits and I’m afraid this will be a consecutive ugly outing for the Cats.

Kalen: Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Do I think it’s gonna happen? No. I think the Nuggets are a better team than that. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in watching this team over the last decade since George Karl’s been the head coach, it’s to never set your standards too high.