Bobcats guard Gary Neal benched

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comMarch 12, 2014 

— Neither the Charlotte Bobcats nor shooting guard Gary Neal discussed specifics on why he was held out of Wednesday’s 98-85 victory against the Washington Wizards.

It was behavioral, rather than medical, and Neal said he made amends.

“I made a mistake,” Neal told the Observer after the game. “Me and coach talked about it and we’ll move forward from there.”

Coach Steve Clifford called this an “internal team matter.” He said it was over and Neal’s minutes won’t be affected when the Bobcats play the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Friday.

Neal, who watched the game in uniform, interacting throughout with teammates, sounded contrite.

“Just a mistake, something that happened in the confines of the team,” he said.

Neal, who arrived from Milwaukee along with point guard Luke Ridnour at the trade deadline, was coming off his best game as a Bobcat. He made seven of nine shots (including 3-of-3 from 3-point range) for 19 points in Monday’s home victory against Denver.

Sitting Neal opened up minutes for Chris Douglas-Roberts, who played well as a fill-in starter while Gerald Henderson recovered from a calf strain. Henderson returned to the starting lineup Wednesday.

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