Bobcats vs. Nets
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||14.6||3.8||G, D. Williams||10.0||1.9|
|G, G. Henderson||13.5||3.5||G, J. Johnson||12.8||2.8|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||10.8||5.7||F, P. Pierce||13.5||6.3|
|F, J. McRoberts||9.3||4.7||F, K. Garnett||5.8||7.8|
|C, B. Biyombo||3.9||7.5||C, TBD|
Matchup to Watch
Paul Pierce vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Pierce used to be among the Bobcats’ most dangerous opponents when he played for the Boston Celtics, particularly in late-game situations. He’s a driver, a shooter and a decision-maker, so if the ball is in his hands late in a tight game, a defender has to be ready for anything.
Observations• The Nets went all-in on a win-now strategy when they agreed to the deal with Boston for the aging Pierce and Kevin Garnett. They were looking for a way to maximize what they had in center Brook Lopez and particularly in point guard Deron Williams.
• Ex-Bobcat Shaun Livingston played well as a fill-in starter for Williams against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, frinishing with 23 points
• Former Duke big man Mason Plumlee was the Nets’ 22nd overall draft pick in June. He had a strong game off the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers, with 19 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.
• The Nets’ 3-7 start is surprising for a team so seemingly set up for immediate impact. With the Knicks also struggling, it isn’t the Big Apple NBA that some expected, at least not yet.
Tap-ins• Another ex-Bobcat, Alan Anderson, plays off the Nets’ bench.
• The Nets made a solid free-agent signing this summer, seemingly getting Andrei Kirilenko on the cheap, but he’s been out with back spasms.
• Bobcats guard-forward Jeff Taylorscored a career-high 20 points against the Chicago Bulls on Monday. He’s now had five straight games with double-figure scoring.
Did you know?
The Bobcats’ Steve Clifford and the Nets’ Jason Kidd are two of the nine first-time NBA head coaches hired this season. Difference is all of Kidd’s previous NBA experience is as a player, while Clifford was a long-time assistant.