Bobcats Gameday

Charlotte Bobcats vs. San Antonio Spurs, 7 p.m., Saturday

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 7, 2014 

Bobcats vs. Spurs

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Spurs
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker18.44.3G, T. Parker18.42.4
G, G. Henderson15.14.3G, C. Joseph4.31.3
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist8.24.7F, D. Green7.33.1
F, J. McRoberts8.14.1F, T. Duncan15.110.0
C, A. Jefferson19.910.6C, T. Splitter8.16.3

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. Tony Parker: Parker isn’t a most valuable player candidate like last season, but he’s still one of the most dangerous pick-and-roll point guards in the NBA. Walker is getting back to his old rhythm after missing two weeks with a sprained ankle.

Observations

• The Spurs haven’t just won the last five games against the Bobcats, they have pounded this team. Margin of the last three meetings: 30, 30 and 24 points.

• The Spurs are coming off a 14-point loss in Brooklyn where they were severely shorthanded by injuries and rest issues (Tim Duncan).

Tap-ins

• As part of their lead-up to the Hornets nickname change, the Bobcats are doing various “Buzz City” promotions. Saturday the first 10,000 fans through the door get a Dell Curry bobblehead.

• Parker will make his sixth All-Star appearance next weekend in New Orleans.

Did you know?

This game is part of the annual long road trip the Spurs make to vacate their arena for the rodeo. They’ll play nine consecutive games away from San Antonio, covering 8,989 miles of air travel. Rick Bonnell

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