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Preview: Bobcats vs Timberwolves, Game 11

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Minnesota Timberwolves
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 11/15/2010 at 7pm eastern
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, or on tv, SportSouth, and radio, WBCN-AM 1660

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 3-7 101.5 (25) 105.3 (12) 90.1 (30)
Minnesota 3-8 97.3 (30) 108.0 (24) 101.5 (1)

Previous Meetings:

Charlotte: Dominic McGuire – Out; Gerald Henderson – Questionable
Minnesota: Jonny Flynn – Out

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Timberwolves
PG D.J. Augustin Sebastian Telfair
SG Stephen Jackson Wesley Johnson
SF Gerald Wallace Michael Beasley
PF Boris Diaw Kevin Love
C Nazr Mohammed Darko Milicic

From the Other Side:
Read about Kevin Love going for 30-30 over at A Wolf Among Wolves to get you sufficiently nervous about what he may do against the Cats.

Quick Thoughts:
It’s not often you get to see the league’s “best” and “worst” face-off – but you will tonight.  The league’s slowest team, your Bobcats, and the current pace setters, Minnesota, will square off in a battle of wills, with the Wolves averaging more than 11 possessions per game than the Bobcats so far.  I know best and worst are pretty subjective in a category such as this, so I’ll leave the categorization of the two to the reader.

I imagine there is some concern about how Boris Diaw will do, boxing out the rebounding machine, Kevin Love.  Good news:  Boris has actually done a solid job in limiting his defensive responsibility’s rebounding opportunities – at one end of the court.  Currently, Boris is surrendering a defensive rebound rate of 16.2%, far better than the expected mark of 19.8%.  Unfortunately, Diaw has been less effective in preventing his man from collecting second chances on the offensive end, surrending 10.9% of offensive rebounds, when 9.0% is expected.  With Minnesota 3rd in the league in offensive rebound rate, this needs to be an area of focus for all the Cats tonight, not just whoever has the job of boxing out Love.