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Game 55 Preview: Wizards at Bobcats

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Washington Wizards

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 04/09/2012 at 7pm

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena

Coverage: Fox Sports South

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 7-47 94.8 (30) 108.5 (30) 92.6 (17)
Washington 12-44 99.3 (26) 106.8 (27) 93.8 (10)

Previous Meetings:
1/25/12 – 92-75 Washington – RecapBoxscore

1/28/12 – 102-99 Washington – RecapBoxscore

Charlotte: D.J. Augustin – Out; Eduardo Najera – Out (get well soon)
Washington: None

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Wizards
PG Kemba Walker John Wall
SG Gerald Henderson Jordan Crawford
SF Derrick Brown Chris Singleton
PF Bismack Biyombo Nene
C Byron Mullens Jan Vesely
6th Man Corey Maggette Trevor Booker

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network
1. Your thoughts on Silas’ decision to start Kemba and then go back to D.J. after a couple big games off the bench.

Spencer: D.J. is without a doubt the better point guard due to experience, but I’m somewhat surprised that he’s inserted him back into the starting lineup for two reasons- 1) he was having success coming off the bench, and 2) thought Augustin’s knee tendinitis would keep him out of starting lineup for remainder of the season.

Brett: D.J. may take the decision out of Silas’ hands with the worsening of his knee.  I’m glad – I was not a fan of the promotion for Kemba only to have it taken right back.  If Kemba is the Bobcats’ point guard of the future, let him learn on the job against the best, by starting.

Stat: With D.J. on the court, the Bobcats are -13.9 points per 100 possessions so far this season.  With Kemba, it’s -13.3.  So, statistically, the same.  No real point, just showing that neither has made a significant difference in wins and losses.

2. Byron Mullens recent play – starting to get it or short uptick?

Spencer: He’s starting to get it, especially on the offensive end. Mullens is making an attempt to attack the basket more often instead of simply settling for outside shots off pick-and-pop’s. Mullens is also asserting himself on the glass, going after rebounds aggressively with two hands.

Brett: I certainly hope a sign of things to continue to come, unlike his strong start to the season that quickly faded.  The most encouraging aspect of Byron’s play of late has been the rebounding – early in the season, he was scoring, but little else.  During this recent stretch, he has contributed more in other ways.

Stat: Over his last 5 games, Mullens’ has averaged better than 19 points and 9 rebounds in 32 minutes a game, on 47% shooting.

3. Do the Bobcats end the losing streak tonight, with an opportunity against another horrible team?

Spencer: Bobcats do end the losing streak tonight on the shoulders of Kemba and Mullens.

Brett: I like the Bobcats’ odds much better if Nene remains sidelined.  The Bobcats are thin themselves with D.J. Augustin out and Corey Maggette just back from his most recent ailment.  The Bobcats win if Nene sits, lose if he plays.

Stat: In the 180+ minutes the Wizards have had Nene on the court, they’re at a net efficienct of +1.8 – the rest of the year, they’re -8.2 (hence, my hedged answer above).