Bobcats vs. Warriors
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||16.7||4.2||G, S. Curry||22.5||4.2|
|G, G. Henderson||14.8||4.7||G, K. Thompson||20.9||3.4|
|F, TBD||F, H. Barnes||13.3||3.5|
|F, J. McRoberts||8.2||5.6||F, D. Lee||17.0||9.0|
|C, A. Jefferson||15.9||9.1||C, A. Bogut||7.5||9.2|
Matchup to Watch
Stephen Curry vs. Kemba Walker: The former Davidson star (and son of Bobcats broadcaster Dell) exploded nationally in the playoffs last season. This is the Warriors’ one game in Charlotte each season.
Observations• Charlotte Bobcats small forward Jeff Taylor missed most of practice Sunday with a heel injury. If Taylor can’t play, Anthony Tolliver would likely get the start.
• It’s hard to find a more dynamic scoring backcourt in the NBA than Curry and Klay Thompson.
• Signing free agent Andre Iguodala was a bold and smart move by the Warriors; they needed more defense and ballhandling. Iguodala will do both, but for now he’s out with a hamstring injury.
• You might not think of Vanderbilt as a hotbed for NBA players, but Taylor and Golden State’s Festus Ezeli got great pro-style coaching by Kevin Stallings.
• The Warriors’ David Lee probably doesn’t get enough attention, relative to his contribution. He comes close to a 20-10 guy, which is not so common in the NBA.
Tap-ins• Bobcats reserve center Bismack Biyombo missed Sunday’s practice after spraining an ankle Friday.
• The Warriors lead the NBA in 3-point percentage at 42.7 percent. Guarding the 3-point line is not a Bobcats strength.
• The Bobcats have held opponents under 100 points for 13 consecutive games. Points allowed isn’t necessarily the best measure of defense, but that’s a long time not to give up 100.
Did you know?
Bobcats center Al Jefferson is now on a string of four consecutive double-doubles. He was expensive at three years and $41 million, but this is what he was paid to deliver.