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March 1, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats vs.Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m., Sunday

Kevin Durant vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: MKG always says he thrives on a defensive challenge. There is no greater challenge in the NBA than trying to contain Durant, a strong candidate for league most valuable player.

Bobcats at Thunder

7 p.m., Chesapeake Energy Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Thunder
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 18.3 4.4 G, R. Westbrook 20.9 5.7
G, G. Henderson 14.7 4.1 G, TBD
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7.7 5.1 F, K. Durant 31.6 7.7
F, J. McRoberts 8.3 5.1 F, S. Ibaka 15.1 8.8
C, A. Jefferson 20.5 10.4 C, S. Adams 3.3 4.2

Matchup to Watch

Kevin Durant vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: MKG always says he thrives on a defensive challenge. There is no greater challenge in the NBA than trying to contain Durant, a strong candidate for league most valuable player.

Observations

• The Bobcats played quite well in their previous meeting with the Thunder this season, losing by four at home in late December.
• Durant’s greatness is overcoming some pretty significant injuries. They just got back point guard Russell Westbrook and are now missing center Kendrick Perkins.

Tap-ins

• The Bobcats traded for Gary Neal to add a scorer/shooter, and he delivered in his first game, scoring 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting Friday against the San Antonio Spurs.
• Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha is out tonight with a left calf injury.

Did you know?

Durant has 35 games this season with 30 or more points.

Rick Bonnell

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