Bobcats Gameday

Saturday: Denver Nuggets at Charlotte Bobcats

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 22, 2013 

Nuggets at Bobcats

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Nuggets
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker17.43.4G, T. Lawson16.02.7
G, G. Henderson13.13.7G, A. Iguodala13.25.5
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist9.15.7F, D. Gallinari17.35.5
F. B. Mullens13.08.0F. K. Faried12.29.8
C, B. Biyombo4.47.2C, K. Koufos8.06.5

Matchup to Watch

Byron Mullens vs. Kenneth Faried: Mullens has discovered this season just what a good rebounder he can be. Faried is one of the NBA’s best, both in athletic ability and persistence retrieving the ball.

Observations

• Former Tar Heel Ty Lawson is one of the NBA’s quickest point guards. He’s scored 20 or more in 11 of his last 17 games.

• Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap coached on the Nuggets staff. Now one of Dunlap’s former players at Denver-based Metropolitan State, Patrick Mutombo, is on George Karl’s staff.

• The Nuggets have a very advantageous schedule the rest of the way; Saturday night will be their 31st of 41 road games.

Tap-ins

• This is the Bobcats’ last home game before embarking on a four-game West Coast trip.

• The Nuggets thumped the Bobcats in Denver just before Christmas, winning 110-88. That’s the game when Byron Mullens sprained his left ankle severely.

Did you know?

The Nuggets flew cross-country to play just two games – at Washington on Friday and at Charlotte on Saturday.

Rick Bonnell

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