Bobcats Gameday

Tuesday: Charlotte Bobcats at Memphis Grizzlies

jperson@charlotteobserver.comApril 8, 2013 

Bobcats at Grizzlies

8 p.m. Tuesday, FedExForum

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

BobcatsGrizzlies
Pos, Player PpgRpg Pos, Player PpgRpg
G, K. Walker 17.43.4 G, M. Conley 14.52.7
G, G. Henderson 15.4 3.7 G, T. Allen9.04.6
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.15.8 F, Z. Randolph 15.4 11.2
F, J. McRoberts 5.34.6 F, T. Prince 10.5 4.6
C, B. Biyombo 4.67.1 C, M. G Gasol 14.3 7.7

Matchup to Watch

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Tayshaun Prince: At 33, Prince might have lost a step or two. But he’s still long and athletic, and has a knack for getting to the rim. Prince gives the Grizzlies a veteran with playoff experience, and will be a tough matchup for Kidd-Gilchrist, who is 2 inches shorter than the 6-foot-9 Prince.

Observations

• Memphis has already secured a playoff spot and is playing for home-court advantage in the first round. The Grizzlies are fifth in the Western Conference, but are just a game back of third-seeded Denver.

• Grizzlies have gone 23-9 since acquiring Prince from Detroit in a three-team trade that also involved Toronto on Jan. 30.

• Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker are averaging a combined 40.3 points in 16 games since March 8, the top-scoring guard tandem in the league over that stretch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tap-ins

• The Grizzlies allow 89.7 points a game, the fewest in the NBA.

• In a loss Saturday at Brooklyn, Bismack Biyombo notched his fifth double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also blocked five shots in 33 minutes.

Did you know?

• Walker enters the game with 156 steals, one shy of Brevin Knight’s franchise record for steals in a season. Walker is tied for fourth in the league with an average of 2.0 steals a game.

Joe Person

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