Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Detroit Pistons
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena
|Charlotte||13-40||98.2 (29)||107.9 (29)||94.4 (13)|
|Detroit||21-34||101 (17)||103.7 (17)||93.1 (21)|
|PG||Kemba Walker||Jose Calderon|
|SG||Gerald Henderson||Brandon Knight|
|SF||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Kyle Singler|
|PF||Byron Mullens||Jason Maxiell|
|C||Bismack Biyombo||Greg Monroe|
|6th Man||Ramon Sessions||Rodney Stuckey|
1- STATS: In the first meeting between these two the Bobcats won thanks to Biyombo’ 17 rebounds and the fact that Charlotte forced 22 Detroit turnovers. Statistically, the Pistons are better than Charlotte in just about every category and have added high IQ PG Jose Calderon — Detroit is seemingly a team that the Cats’ wouldn’t match up with well due to big front line. Biz/Mullens effort to keep Monroe/Drummond off the offensive glass the key to this game?
Spencer: Whenever Charlotte faces a tough front line they seem to struggle in numerous categories. I do believe that Biz and Mullens are going to have to have big games on the defensive glass tonight — Haywood is probably going to need to give some valuable minutes as well. The addition of Calderon really makes this Pistons team more versatile offensively, so the Bobcats are going to have to be sharp on their defensive rotations tonight as well.
Greg: Rebounding will be important, obviously, but the Bobcats also attempted 29 free throws in that last matchup. When they can generate that many free points at the stripe, it helps make up for their typically poor shooting. Charlotte should also benefit from Detroit’s poor ball-handling, as the Pistons average the third-most turnovers per game.
2- BEN GORDON: Both clubs know all too well about this troubled vets antics — tonight is his last audition before the trade deadline. Are the Bobcats going to be able to move him by 3pm tomorrow, or will they have to live with Gordon for at least the remainder of the season?
Spencer: If it happens, I think it’ll be at the last second with Brooklyn for Kris Humphries. So, I don’t think Gordon is going anywhere and the Bobcats are going to have to deal with him. Only other team I can think of that’s looking for an outside shooter badly right now is Memphis, so keep an eye on that.
Greg: There’s just too much going against Gordon for me to believe they’ll be able to trade him (right now). His poor defense, questionable attitude, and hefty contract are probably too many hurdles to overcome. The Nets seemed like their best hope in a swap for Kris Humprhies, and they’ve reportedly cooled on the idea.
Then again, the front office was able to get a good return in unexpected deals for Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette, and they both had similar issues. Anything is possible.
3- PICK IT: Are the Bobcats seriously going to make it two straight wins coming out of the all-star break?
Spencer: I’ve learned my lesson at picking Charlotte to win in any kind of back-to-back situation. I feel a bad game coming for Mullens due to the physicality of Monroe/Drummond and a serious rebounding discrepancy not swinging the Cats’ way tonight. 100-94 Pistons.
Greg: I’ll let a little optimism creep in. Charlotte has struggled on back-to-backs this season, but Detroit played against the very physical Memphis Grizzlies last night. The Bobcats shouldn’t be at much of a disadvantage. Mullens has been scoring well recently, and the team as a whole looked in sync coming off the All-Star break. If they can get positive contributions from MKG and their bench, I think they’ll take this one.