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March 25, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats vs.Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m., Wednesday

Bobcats Gameday: Brooklyn at Charlotte

Bobcats vs. Nets

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Nets
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker 17.7 4.2 G, D. Williams 14.4 2.5
G, G. Henderson 14.6 4.2 G, Livingston 8.0 3.2
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7.4 5.1 F, J. Johnson 15.5 3.3
F, J. McRoberts 8.4 4.9 F, P. Pierce 13.4 4.7
C, A. Jefferson 21.4 10.4 C, M. Plumlee 6.7 3.9

Matchup to Watch

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Joe Johnson: With the injuries the Nets have experienced, they need Johnson to come forward as a first scoring option. He’s been strong in crunch time. Kidd-Gilchrist, by his own description, is the Bobcats’ “middle linebacker.”

Observations

• The Nets’ reaction to losing center Brook Lopez (and Kevin Garnett of late) has been to go small with Paul Pierce as a “power forward.” Predictbly that makes them a poor rebounding team, but the Nets are sixth in the league in turnovers forced..
• The injuries to the centers have opened playing time for rookie Mason Plumlee, who played for Duke. Plumlee figures to make the All-Rookie team off his strong second half of the season.

Tap-ins

• A victory by the Nets would give them a 3-1 head-to-head advantage over the Bobcats and a tiebreaker in the unlikely event these teams finish with the same record in the East.
• The Nets have gone 27-11 since the first of the year, which saved their season after a brutal start.

Did you know?

You don’t want the ball in Johnson’s hands in the last minute of a tight game. He’s made 13 of 16 shots from the field as a Net in situations where Brooklyn is either tied or trails by three or fewer points..

Rick Bonnell

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