Bobcats vs. Rockets
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||17.7||4.2||G, P. Beverley||10.1||3.6|
|G, G. Henderson||14.6||4.2||G, J. Harden||24.8||4.6|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||7.4||5.1||F, C. Parsons||16.1||5.5|
|F, J. McRoberts||8.4||4.9||F, T. Jones||11.7||7|
|C, A. Jefferson||21.4||10.4||C, TBD|
Matchup to Watch
James Harden vs. Gerald Henderson: Henderson had a big game Saturday – 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Harden had a bigger one against Cleveland – 37 points to make the Rockets 3-0 while Dwight Howard sat out with an ankle injury.
Observations• Howard has been resting a sore ankle after having a cyst and fluid removed from the joint. He practiced Friday, but he did not play against the Cavaliers. So it’s unclear whether he’ll play versus the Bobcats.
• Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel recently compared Bobcats center Al Jefferson to Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Certainly there are similarities, as far as a multitude of post moves and ball fakes McHale had as a player. McHale tutored Jefferson when Jefferson played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tap-ins• The Rockets have a real luxury in being able to turn to center Omer Asik when Howard is hurt. The Rockets considered trading Asik, but never found the right deal
• In the first meeting between these teams, the season-opener, Howard matched his career high with 26 rebounds.
Did you know?
Jefferson is the only player in the Eastern Conference averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season.