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October 29, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats Gameday

Dwight Howard vs. Al Jefferson and/or Bismack Biyombo: Jefferson (sprained right ankle) is questionable to play. Biyombo had some success as a rookie against Howard by bodying up on him and being physical.

Bobcats at Rockets

8 p.m., Toyota Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Rockets
Pos., Player Ppg Rpg Pos., Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 12.6 3.4 G, P. Beverley 8.9 4.1
G, G. Henderson 11.3 1.4 G, J. Harden 18.7 3.1
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 6.0 4.9 F, C. Parsons 10.7 4.3
F, J. McRoberts 9.6 4.6 F, D. Howard 11.7 9.3
C, B. Biyombo 6.0 10.6 C, O. Asik 3.0 6.7

Matchup to Watch

Dwight Howard vs. Al Jefferson and/or Bismack Biyombo: Jefferson (sprained right ankle) is questionable to play. Biyombo had some success as a rookie against Howard by bodying up on him and being physical.

Observations

• Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points against the Rockets (and mostly Jeremy Lin) last season. Lin has more help this time around, now playing with three-time defensive player of the year Howard.

• The Bobcats have lost eight straight games in Houston, last winning at Toyota Center in January 2006.
• Howard was the prize of free agency, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for Houston.
• Rockets coach Kevin McHale previously coached Jefferson with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tap-ins

• The Rockets are looking to play centers Howard and Omer Asik together.
• The Rockets cut ex-Bobcat Reggie Williams Monday.
• This is the first of 17 games in 31 days for the Bobcats

Did you know?

Howard and Jefferson were roommates at the 2004 McDonald’s All-American game.

Rick Bonnell

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