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The Bobcats go to Washington

Who: Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Wizards Home Game

When: 11/24/12 at 7pm eastern

Where: Live at the Verizon Center

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Washington 0-10 91.6 (30) 101.6 (14) 92.6 (23)
Charlotte 6-5 101.1 (20) 102.9 (18) 94.6 (6)

Previous Meetings:
11/13/2012 – 92-76 Charlotte – Boxscore

Washington: Trevor Booker – DTD; John Wall – OUT
Charlotte: Gerald Henderson and Tyrus Thomas – OUT; Bismack Biyombo – DTD

Starting Lineups

Wizards Bobcats
PG Shaun Livingston Kemba Walker
SG Bradley Beal Jeffery Taylor
SF Jordan Crawford Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF Jan Vesely Byron Mullens
C Kevin Seraphin Brendan Haywood
6th Man Trevor Ariza Ramon Sessions

Quick Thoughts:

  • Both teams are coming off losses to the Hawks – but the Bobcats’ loss was last night, while the Wizards have had Thanksgiving and Black Friday to recuperate. The Bobcats have to maintain their energy level tonight, as their defense is based on frenetic pressure (which leads to transition baskets for their sprinters, Kemba, Ramon, and MKG).
  • The Bobcats are probably somewhat sympathetic of the Wizards’ current plight, as Washington is currently 0-10 on the season. The Bobcats remember what last season was like, and the media attention that comes from being unusually bad. With that said, they don’t want to be the team that gives the Wiz their first win.
  • With Bismack Biyombo twisting his ankle last night, and Ben Gordon possibly a bit hobbled by his knee contusion (see his bad shooting night last night), the Bobcats are starting to thin out a bit, since they already have two longer term injuries in Gerald Henderson and Tyrus Thomas. So far Hakim Warrick hasn’t gotten much time for the Bobcats, but Mike Dunlap may have his hand forced a bit.
  • The Wizards are another team that is going with a more college-like lineup – 3 guards, a small forward and a power forward. That’s partly out of necessity for them as well, as they are dealing with their own injury issues. It will allow the Bobcats to use one of their seemingly preferred lineups, with Ben Gordon, Kemba Walker, and Ramon Sessions covering the perimiter, and MKG shifted down to the 4.