Saturday: Charlotte Bobcats at Washington Wizards

03/08/2013 9:16 PM

03/09/2013 12:50 AM

Bobcats at Wizards

8 p.m., Verizon Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

BOBCATS WIZARDS
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.2 3.4 G, J. Wall 14.1 3.2
G, G. Henderson 13.2 3.6 G, T. Ariza 9.1 4.6
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.2 5.6 F, M. Webster 10.8 3.9
F, B. Mullens 12.0 7.3 F, Nene 12.6 6.9
C, B. Biyombo 4.5 7.0 C, E. Okafor 9.6 9.1

Matchup to Watch

John Wall vs. Kem ba Walker: Wall, who grew up in Raleigh, is finally back from injury and putting up strong numbers of late.

Observations

• It looked all through November that the Bobcats would finish in front of the Wizards. One month does not a season make.
• If the Bobcats win either of the remaining two games against Washington, they clinch the season series. Both of Charlotte’s victories over the Wizards were in their 7-5 start.
• Ex-Bobcat Emeka Okafor has improved of late, with six double-doubles in his previous seven games.

Tap-ins

• Don’t be surprised if Okafor is moved over the summer; his large expiring contract is a valuable trade chip.
• Wizards guard Bradley Beal is one of the players the Bobcats considered for the No. 2 overall pick.

Did you know?

How important is Wall to the Wizards? They’re 5-28 without him, 14-12 with him.

Rick Bonnell

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