Bobcats vs. Cavaliers
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||18.4||4.3||G, K. Irving||21.5||3.4|
|G, G. Henderson||17.9||4.3||G, J. Jack||8.5||2.6|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||14.6||4.1||F, L. Deng||16.6||5.9|
|F, J. McRoberts||8.3||5.0||F, T. Thompson||12.2||9.7|
|C, A. Jefferson||21.2||10.4||C, S. Hawes||13.2||8.7|
Matchup to Watch
Kyrie Irving vs. Kemba Walker: Two exceptionally quick pick-and-roll point guards in a time when the NBA’s rule against hand-checking makes these guys awfully tough to defend.
Observations• The stakes are pretty obvious: If the Bobcats win tonight or April 5 in Cleveland, they clinch a tiebreaker over the Cavs. They already hold a tiebreaker over the Detroit Pistons. Those are pretty big cards in the race for a playoff spot.
• The Cavs made two in-season trades that acquired starters, adding Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls and Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers. Hawes has been a problem for the Bobcats in the past because his shooting range forces Al Jefferson to stray far from the basket defensively.
Tap-ins• The Cavs have been hot of late, winning eight of 13 games. In that span they are 4-2 on the road.
• Don’t put the Cavs on the foul line; they’re shooting 80 percent on their free throws over the past nine games.
Did you know?
Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers was the third time this season the Bobcats led a game from start to finish. They did that twice previously in franchise history.