Bobcats at Pacers
7 p.m. Friday, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||17.0||4.1||G, G. Hill||11.7||3.5|
|G, G. Henderson||15.0||4.6||G, L. Stephenson||12.1||6.2|
|F, J. Taylor||8.5||2.4||F, P. George||25.1||5.8|
|F, J. McRoberts||8.5||5.8||F, D. West||12.8||7.1|
|C, A. Jefferson||15.1||9.2||C, R. Hibbert||12.4||9.1|
Matchup to Watch
Paul George vs. Jeff Taylor: George is quickly becoming one of the NBA’s premier scorers. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out with a broken hand, Taylor is going to have quite a challenge containing George Friday night.
Observations• The Pacers are a tremendous defensive team, built around center Roy Hibbert. He’s second in the NBA in blocks, at three per game, behind New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.
• The Bobcats hope to have back center Bismack Biyombo, who missed the past two games with a sprained right ankle.
• The Pacers clobbered the Bobcats in a previous meeting in Charlotte – 99-74 in late November.
• Tonight is somewhat a homecoming for Bobcats rookie Cody Zeller, who starred for Indiana the past two seasons. Zeller had one of his better games against the Magic on Wednesday, with 10 points (on 5-of-7 shooting) and six rebounds.
• Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts, who’s been so key to this team’s ball-movement, had his previous best NBA stretch as a Pacer.
• The Pacers have had some incredible shot-blocking games; four games of 10 or more blocks, including 18 against the Orlando Magic.
Did you know?
Kemba Walker has now played 170 consecutive games as a Bobcat. That ties him with Raymond Felton for third-most consecutive appearances in franchise history. The record is Boris Diaw’s 245.