Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Golden State Warriors
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
|Charlotte||9-11||93.9 (28)||93.9 (3)||94.9 (24)|
|Golden State||12-9||103.6 (11)||99.1 (7)||98.6 (7)|
Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (OUT), Bismack Biyombo (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)
Golden State: Andre Iguodala (OUT)
|PG||Kemba Walker||Stephen Curry|
|SG||Gerald Henderson||Klay Thompson|
|SF||Anthony Tolliver||Harrison Barnes|
|PF||Josh McRoberts||David Lee|
|C||Al Jefferson||Andrew Bogut|
|6th Man||Ramon Sessions||Draymond Green|
1- STATS. The Warriors are top half of the league in just about every category you can think of. As we know, Charlotte is extremely stingy on defense, but struggle to score. What’s the most important statistical category to get the best of Golden State in?
Spencer: The Warriors shoot 49% in ‘spot-up’ opportunities (MySynergySports.com), that’s the best percentage in the NBA. For Charlotte, that means that defensively they must stay attached to shooters in the half-court + stop the ball quickly when being advanced by Golden State. The Warriors are going to stretch any defense because of the way they space the floor, but it will be interesting to see if the Bobcats can keep ball handlers in front on one-on-one situations.
Greg: Limiting Golden State’s three-point attempts would be great, but that might be unrealistic — the Warriors are going to shoot, and there’s not a ton you can do about it. The Bobcats are more likely to take advantage of turnovers, as Golden State ranks 29th in offensive giveaways. Converting those into easy points will go a long way.
2- STEPH. Kemba matched up with Stephen Curry. Meh. Is there another fold that Charlotte will throw into the mix to slow the dynamic PG down?
Spencer: Curry is a ridiculous 76.9% from 3 in ‘spot-up’ opportunities (MySynergySports.com), so you literally cannot leave him defensively when the ball isn’t in his hands. Forcing him into as many PnR situations as possible is the strategy here, where he only shoots 41.2% from the floor. If Jeff Taylor not playing tonight severely hurts the defensive flexibility of how to guard Curry – Sessions will have to inherit some of the load along with Kemba.
Greg: Playing good team defense and taking away his passing lanes would help. The Warriors (like all teams) thrive on good ball movement, averaging 25.5 assists per game in their wins vs. 19.3 in their losses. When Curry has been forced to create more offense, he tends to get sloppy: he’s averaging more shots and 6.0 turnovers a game in the Dubs’ losing efforts. Charlotte should be doing their best to turn him into a one-dimensional scorer.
3- PICK IT. Again, the Bobcats are still looking for that staple win to prove themselves with. Is this the game?
Spencer: Warriors. I’ve gotten buried a few times by Charlotte this season when picking them to win as the underdog at home. Again, Golden State presents a problem that this Bobcats defense hasn’t had to face a ton this season – ability to space the floor and stretch a defense that many consider to be one of the most connected in the entire league currently. Charlotte will also be without MKG, Taylor and Biz tonight.
Greg: I don’t think so. One of the biggest disparities in Bobcats wins and losses has been defensive three-point percentage: opponents shoot 30.7 percent in Charlotte victories, and 42.2 in defeats. Golden State’s the best-shooting team in the league by far. The Cats will probably just need too many things to go right.