Charlotte Bobcats - Oklahoma City Thunder: Friday Gameday

12/26/2013 5:44 PM

12/26/2013 5:45 PM

Bobcats vs. Thunder

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Thunder
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 18.7 4.4 G, R. Westbrook 21.6 5.7
G, G. Henderson 14.7 4.7 G, T. Sefolosha 6.2 2.4
F, A. Tolliver 3.8 2.6 F, K. Durant 28.1 8.1
F, J. McRoberts 8.0 5.4 F, S. Ibaka 14.0 9.3
C, A. Jefferson 16.7 9.6 C, K. Perkins 2.9 3.6

Matchup to Watch

Kevin Durant vs. Anthony Tolliver/Chris Douglas-Roberts: Losing small forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor would be rough no matter what, but matching up with Durant will be particularly challenging Friday night.


• Simplest illustration of how well the Thunder is playing these days: It beat the Spurs by 13 in San Antonio. It had 40 points in the second quarter of that game, the highest-scoring quarter of its season.
• This is an interesting and dangerous span in the Bobcats’ schedule. After a three-day break from games, they play tonight at home against maybe the best team in the Western Conference, then five on the road.
• The Bobcats clearly aren’t a great 3-point team, but they’ve been far better of late. They’ve had five games with eight or more 3s this season. Three of those were in the past five games.


• Coach Steve Clifford said rookie Cody Zeller’s game Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks – 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists – was his best to date.
• Tolliver made all four of his shots versus the Bucks – all 3s.
• The Bobcats have been over .500 after Christmas in only one season – 2009-10, when they finished 44-38 and went to the playoffs. They didn’t hit .500 until Jan. 16 that season (19-19). A win tonight would even the Bobcats’ record at 15-15.

Did you know?

The Thunder’s 23-4 start (tied for best in the NBA) is the franchise’s best since leaving Seattle for Oklahoma.

Rick Bonnell

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