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Friday: Phoenix Suns at Charlotte Bobcats

Bobcats vs. Suns

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Suns
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 16.0 3.9 G, G. Dragic 13.7 2.3
G, G. Henderson 13.4 4.9 G, G. Green 14.1 2.8
F,M. Kidd-Gilchrist 10.6 5.6 F, P. Tucker 8.6 4.4
F, J. McRoberts 9.0 4.9 F, C. Frye 7.9 5.2
C, TBD C, Mi. Plumlee 10.8 9.0

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. Goran Dragic: Walker is coming off a spectacular 31-point performance Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. Walker was particularly effective at getting to the rim, contributing to 52 Bobcats points in the paint.

Observations

The Suns were in a major early-season trade, sending big man Marcin Gortat to the Washington Wizards. The Suns will get a protected first-rround pick. They also got ex-Bobcat Emeka Okafor, who is rehabbing a neck injury.

The Suns used a lottery pick in the 2012 draft on former North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall. Marshall’s salary was thrown into the Wizards deal. Washington waived Marshall, who has yet to join another NBA team.

Ex-Duke player Miles Plumlee was elevated to starter, partially as a result of the Gortat trade. He’s already had four double-doubles this season.

After winning five of their first seven, the Suns have lost four in a row. They trailed the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday by as much as 20 points.

Tap-ins

The Bobcats hope tonight to get back center Al Jefferson, who’s played in three of the first 12 games due to various ankle ailments.

Point guard Eric Bledsoe is coming off the bench for the Suns, but he might be the most valuable piece on this roster.

Suns lottery pick Alex Len, Maryland’s center last season, is still recovering from ankle issues.

Did you know?

There are seven sets of brothers playing in the NBA this season, but Marcus and Markieff Morris of the Suns are a step beyond – twins playing on the same NBA roster after playing together collegiately at Kansas.

Rick Bonnell

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