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Charlotte Bobcats - Philadelphia 76ers: Observations

•  One of Bobcats coach Steve Clifford’s major concerns when he got the job was the team’s traditionally poor rebounding. So far, at least, that hasn’t been a problem. The Bobcats entered Friday’s game first in the NBA in defensive-rebound percentage (portion of potential defensive rebounds grabbed in) and fifth on total-rebound percentage.

•  The one home game against the Los Angeles Lakers each season is one of the sure sellouts on the Bobcats’ schedule. Local Lakers fans apparently won’t miss their star Dec. 14 when their team comes to Charlotte; Kobe Bryant announced on his Facebook page Friday that he’ll be back from Achilles tendon surgery Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.

•  The first month of the season was particularly dense with games – the Bobcats played 17 in the first 31 days. Now they’re getting some compensation – Friday was the only game in a five-day span.

•  Jeff Taylor is projected to be the starting small forward for at least the next month while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recovers from a broken hand. Taylor looked far more aggressive in the first half Friday, making five of his first six shots for 11 points.