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Jackson, Thomas and Livingston expected to be out tonight

In the middle of a playoff run three of Charlotte’s key players will likely  miss tonight’s game in Orlando due to nagging injuries that won’t seem  to go away.

Stephen Jackson continues to fight his hamstring injury that has  bothered him for the entire second half of the season but playing through  the pain has become much harder lately as the injury seems to be getting  worse before it gets better. Tyrus Thomas is battling with his healing  knee that he had surgery on at the beginning of the season as the knee  continues to swell up and cause him pain. Thomas could likely be shut  down for the season if the knee doesn’t show signs of healing by the end  of the weekend, mainly because of the fact that he was signed to a 5-year  $52 million extension before the season began. Shaun Livingston is  dealing with a bruised knee that he injured Monday night against Milwaukee but knowing Livingston’s injury plagued past his body could just be feeling the effects of a full NBA season, which he has not endured very much of his career.

The Bobcats will once again have to find a way to compete shorthanded tonight in Orlando and not to make the news any sourer but Charlotte also only has one healthy center on the entire roster in Kwame Brown as the front office announced Thursday that recently acquired Joel Pryzbilla would be shut down for the season due to a knee that won’t have a chance to heal by seasons end. However, give credit where it is due, Kwame has done a great job this season for Charlotte averaging 7.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG. The former number one overall draft pick may forever be known as one of the biggest bust in history of the league but the fact of the matter with the Bobcats is that Kwame has come in and done everything the team has asked of him; be a load down low, defender around the rim and do his job on the glass. His game has improved this season playing under the instruction of new assistant coach and former NBA bruiser Charles Oakley and the Bobcats will depend on him even more now that the injuries keep piling up down the stretch. The recent run by the Bobcats has been full of unlikely hero’s and hopefully a guy like Kwame will be the next in line as he will take on the assignment of trying to slow down Dwight Howard tonight.