Bobcats Gameday

Wednesday: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Bobcats

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 19, 2013 

Pistons at Bobcats

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Pistons
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker17.23.4G, J. Calderon11.62.4
G, G. Henderson12.83.4G, B. Knight13.53.4
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist9.15.7F, K. Singler9.04.0
F. B. Mullens12.88.0F. J. Maxiell7.15.6
C, B. Biyombo4.47.2C, G. Monroe16.19.7

Matchup to Watch

Greg Monroe vs. Bismack Biyombo: Monroe went for 18 points and 14 rebounds in their last meeting in Auburn Hills, though the Bobcats won in overtime.

Observations

• The Pistons’ trade of Tayshaun Prince to Memphis (part of the Rudy Gay-Jose Calderon deal) opened a starting spot for former Duke star Kyle Singler.

• The Pistons like what they’re getting from Calderon enough that Brandon Knight is playing lots of shooting guard. Detroit is looking to re-sign Calderon this summer.

• The Pistons lost promising rookie center Andre Drummond to a back injury for the rest of the season.

Tap-ins

• Biyombo had four or more blocks in five of the 12 games leading to the All-Star break.

• The Pistons won three of four heading into the break.

Did you know?

Rodney Stuckey fortified one of the NBA’s best benches – the Pistons reserves scored 85 points in December against the Hawks, the most bench points by one team in one game since 1999. Rick Bonnell

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