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Game #50: Bobcats @ Warriors 2-on-3 Preview

Who: Golden State Warriors vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Warriors Home Game

When: 10:30 PM ET

Where: Live at ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Golden State 29-19 103.9 (15) 99.3 (4) 99.0 (5)
Charlotte 21-28 98.3 (25) 101.3 (7) 95.3 (21)

Previous Meetings:

12/9/14 – 115-111 Bobcats.

Golden State: David Lee (Questionable), Jermaine O’Neal (Questionable)
Charlotte: Kemba Walker (Questionable), Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Warriors Bobcats
PG Stephen Curry Kemba Walker
SG Klay Thompson Gerald Henderson
SF Andre Iguodala Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF David Lee Josh McRoberts
C Andrew Bogut Al Jefferson
6th Man Harrison Barnes Ramon Sessions

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- Golden State is 2nd in the NBA in 3PM (9.4/game) and 3FG% (38.3%) – In the Bobcats win over the Warriors back on 12/9 they were able to hold them to just 29.7% from behind-the-arc — Kemba also scored 31 that night. So, what’s more important for Charlotte’s chances tonight: Limiting Golden State’s effectiveness from bonusphere, or the possible return of Kemba?

Spencer: Limiting Golden State from downtown. They’re going to get up shots from deep, but being able to contest them consistently is the tough part. There’s a very thin line between playing good help defense and staying attached to shooters – usually it comes down to effort and extremely crisp defensive rotations — the Bobcats have been above average at both this season, so there’s hope that they make it tough tonight for the Dubs.

Greg: The three-point shooting. As much of a boon as it would be to have Kemba back, the Bobcats have shown that they can win without him: It’ll just take a tight defensive game and a lot of points from Al Jefferson. Giving more minutes to Anthony Tolliver might help keep up in the three-point arms race, too, though they’ll need to balance that with MKG’s defensive play.

2- CURRY’S REVENGE. Naturally, Stephen didn’t enjoy losing in his hometown back on 12/9, so tonight will carry some fueled motivation. In his past 5 games, Curry is averaging 32 PPG and firing a ridiculous 59.5% from deep. Any thoughts on how Charlotte can slow this production down?

Spencer: Just make sure you’re chasing on his hip and don’t go under any screen. Have to make Curry put the ball on the floor and make a play going towards the rim. It takes constant effort and focus to guard a guy like Curry because of the non-stop motion when he’s off the ball.

Greg: This is a little bit of a chicken-and-egg situation, but Curry tends to be more ball-dominant in Golden State losses. He averages 28.9 points in losses vs. 22 points in wins, and his assists take a hit. His turnovers shoot up in losses, as well, averaging 5.4 vs. 3.4 in wins. If they can harass him into giving the ball away and take away his passing, they’ll have a much better chance at a W.

3- PICK IT. The Bobcats are assured to get out of this west coast trip at .500, but is there a shot they sweep Golden State on the season and make out of this trip 3-1?

Spencer: Nah. This would become the new biggest win of the season if they were able to knock off the Warriors on the road, but just can’t picture it.

Greg: I just don’t see Charlotte keeping up with the Warriors right now, especially at the Oracle. I’ll be happy if they can keep things close and relatively entertaining.