Monday: Charlotte Bobcats at Portland Trail Blazers

03/03/2013 9:45 PM

03/03/2013 10:12 PM

Bobcats at Blazers

10 p.m., Rose Garden

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Blazers
Pos, Player Ppg  Rpg Pos, Player Ppg  Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.5 3.4 G, D. Lillard 18.4 3.3
G, G. Henderson 13.2 3.6 G, W. Matthews 14.9 2.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 8.9 5.6 F, N. Batum 15.3 5.9
F. B. Mullens 12.5 7.8 F. L. Aldrdge 20.7 8.6
C, B. Biyombo 4.4 7.1 C, J. Hickson 13.2 10.5

Matchup to Watch:

LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Byron Mullens: Aldridge can score with equal proficiency inside or out, so Mullens’ defensive range will be heavily tested.

Observations

• Much as Anthony Davis seemed a lock preseason to be rookie of the year, Portland point guard Damian Lillard just might win it after all.
• The Blazers might be mediocre, but Portland still loves them. Average home attendance – 19,777 – is fourth-best in the NBA.
• If the Blazers’ first-round pick in June is outside the top 12, it goes to the Bobcats to complete the Gerald Wallace trade.

Tap-ins

• The Blazers have won four straight over the Bobcats in Portland.
• The Blazers made up a big deficit to beat the Bobcats in Charlotte this season.

Did you know?

Aldridge and J.J. Hickson have combined for 57 point-rebound double-doubles this season. That’s tied for most in the NBA by a pair of teammates, joining Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls..

Rick Bonnell

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