Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Indiana Pacers
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
|Charlotte||7-8||94.1 (28)||98.1 (6)||94.3 (28)|
|Indiana||13-1||100.5 (16)||89.6 (1)||96.4 (19)|
|PG||Kemba Walker||George Hill|
|SG||Gerald Henderson||Lance Stephenson|
|SF||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Paul George|
|PF||Josh McRoberts||David West|
|C||Al Jefferson||Roy Hibbert|
|6th Man||Ramon Sessions||Luis Scola|
Spencer: Limit second chances for the Pacers and value the ball. Two things Charlotte actually does a pretty good job at – 7th in defensive rebounding rate (76.0) + 11th in turnover ratio (14.1). Oh, and to that point, Indiana is actually coughing the ball up at a decent clip so far this season – the Pacers are 22nd in the league in turnover ratio (16.3). The Bobcats must exploit this weakness and force turnovers to create transition opportunities for themselves, because operating in the half court against the Pacers is extremely difficult.
Mathew: Turnovers. The turnover differential will be important for both teams, but even more so for the Bobcats if they hope to upset the Pacers. Playing in the half court is already a struggle for Charlotte, so facing Roy Hibbert and Paul George will certainly makes their efforts even more difficult. Therefore, Kemba and Co. will need to create turnovers that lead to fast break opportunities in order to have a realistic chance at a win tonight.
2- PAUL GEORGE. He has arrived. Personally, he’s my favorite player in the league, but that’s neither here nor there. What’s the strategy to guarding him tonight for Charlotte?
Spencer: Number one, I have a serious basketball crush on Paul George’ game. For starters, definitely force George to his left hand as much as possible while also constantly taking away his air space – PG is shooting 39.5% from deep this season. Get him to his left hand and pick yours spots to blitz him with a second defender will be the two keys to me.
Mathew: Make him a jump shooter. Yes, George is a capable three-point shooter, particularly given the fact that a good percentage of his attempts come off the dribble. However, keeping him out of the paint is paramount for two reasons – George is shooting nearly 54% from the restricted area for the season and penetration necessitates help from the Bobcat bigs, leaving Roy Hibbert for easy baskets.
3- PICK IT. The Bobcats haven’t been good at home this season, going just 3-5 to this point. Tonight presents another opportunity, and against the leagues best. Who ya got?
Spencer: Bobcats. Throw the numbers out of the window here. This Charlotte team now has veteran leadership in Al Jefferson and with the post game quotes from Wednesday night from Jefferson + Clifford, they’re fed up with this teams performance (or lack thereof) at home. We’re also all waiting on the Bobcats staple win this season. Tonight is the night.
Mathew: Pacers. I’m simply looking for the Bobcats to compete tonight. Coming off the loss to the lowly Celtics, a bounce back in effort and execution is necessary. The Pacers are what the Bobcats hope to be in years to come. A team built around homegrown players that prides itself in bringing it defensively each and every contest. Let’s see how the Bobcats do emulating them tonight.