Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs New York Knicks
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Charlotte, N.C.
|Charlotte||15-23||97.0 (28)||101.1 (8)||95.0 (21)|
|New York||15-22||102.1 (17)||104.7 (20)||92.4 (30)|
Charlotte: Jeff Taylor (OUT), Brendan Haywood – remember him? (OUT)
New York: Tyson Chandler (Questionable), Beno Udrih (DTD), Pablo Prigioni (OUT)
|PG||Kemba Walker||Raymond Felton|
|SG||Gerald Henderson||Iman Shumpert|
|SF||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Carmelo Anthony|
|PF||Josh McRoberts||Andrea Bargnani|
|C||Al Jefferson||Kenyon Martin|
|6th Man||Ramon Sessions||J.R. Smith|
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1- STREAKING. The Knicks come into tonight on a 5-game winning streak and now officially in the playoff standings at #8 – what has led to the surge from this group as of late?
Gregory Pietras, Rufus On Fire: Games against the 76ers and Pistons can’t hurt, but they’ve been winning with defense over that stretch. In raw numbers, they allowed 89 points per game over the last five games compared to a season average of 98 points. When adjusting for pace, that’s a defensive rating of 95.3 vs 104.7.
2- MKG. He’ll be back in the starting lineup tonight for Charlotte and it couldn’t come at a better time with the defense reeling – what kind of impact can we expect?
3- PICK IT. If the Bobcats plan on staying in the playoff hunt, they need to end this losing streak quickly. Charlotte has dropped 8 of its last 9 games. Who ya got tonight?
Gregory: I think this is a schedule loss for the Knicks. They played a tough overtime game against the Suns last night, then immediately flew from New York to Charlotte. The Bobcats, in the meantime, have had three days off and can probably smell blood. Working MKG back into the lineup might be awkward, but it can’t be any more awkward than everything else they’ve done recently.