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Game #36: Bobcats vs. Wizards Preview discussion w/ ‘Truth About It’; MKG update

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Washington Wizards

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 15-20 97.0 (27) 100.0 (6) 95.1 (22)
Washington 14-17 100.9 (21) 103.4 (18) 95.2 (21)


Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)
Washington: Al Harrington (DTD)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Wizards
PG Kemba Walker John Wall
SG Gerald Henderson Bradley Beal
SF Chris Douglas-Roberts Trevor Ariza
PF Josh McRoberts Trevor Booker
C Al Jefferson Marcin Gortat
6th Man Ramon Sessions Martell Webster
  • The Bobcats have yet to win a divisional game this season, but tonight presents another good opportunity at home against Washington. Expect Charlotte to exhaust themselves with a committee defensive effort against John Wall. Like with Lillard just a few games ago, the Bobcats will likely have to put a taller defender on Wall in stretches – this is where the team really misses the likes of MKG and Taylor, so CDR and Tolliver will split the duty.
  • Speaking of CDR and Tolliver, it will be interesting to see which one Clifford goes with in the starting lineup tonight. Douglas-Roberts got the nod on Saturday in Sacramento and impressed – in 35 min, CDR scored 10, pulled down 4 boards and added 2 assists. Tolliver came off the bench, played 16 min and was 2-2 from behind the arc. At this point, it appears as if Tolliver is actually more valuable to the team coming off the bench.
  • Charlotte currently sits at 7th in the eastern conference, but sports just an 8-10 record in Charlotte. Coach Clifford and the rest of the team know that must change in order to secure a playoff spot. Tonight presents another very winnable home game – 4 of the Bobcats next 6 games will be on the road – the two home games come against teams below .500, which only magnifies how important protecting the home floor will become.
  • I jumped on in a discussion with ‘Truth About It’, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Wizards to answer some questions about the Bobcats currently and where they stand as a franchise — here, I speak my peace.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury Update —

MKG fractured his hand on December 3rd and the Bobcats really haven’t been the same team since losing him + Jeff Taylor. The sun appears to be coming out right on time and we could see MKG on the floor as early as next Tuesday at home vs. New York.

“Next weekend (this weekend) we’re at Minnesota, at Chicago, and we’re hoping to have him back after that,” Steve Clifford told NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper.

This is fantastic news for this team and an addition to the lineup that I believe can regain the firepower defensively for this group. On the season, the Bobcats have boasted a defensive efficiency rating of 100.0, but in the past 16 games without MKG the team has had an efficiency rating of 103.5.