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Charlotte Bobcats Gameday

Bobcats vs. Magic

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Magic
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.3 4.2 G, J. Nelson 11.9 3.3
G, G. Henderson 15.2 4.6 G, V. Oladipo 13.8 4.6
F, A. Tolliver 3.0 2.3 F, A. Affalo 22.1 4.6
F, J. McRoberts 8.4 5.8 F, A. Nicholson 9.6 5.1
C, A. Jefferson 15.5 9.1 C, G. Davis 13.3 5.6

Matchup to Watch

Victor Oladipo vs. Gerald Henderson: The Magic sees a big part of its future in Oladipo’s intense, athletic qualities. Henderson is coming off a season-high 24-point game in a victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Observations

• The Magic’s long-term agenda is Oladipo might be most useful as a point guard. But that’s complex to manage when

Jameer Nelson

, a valuable contributor who can still play, is one of the few remaining pieces from when the Magic was good.



• The Bobcats broke a 13-game streak of holding opponents under 100 points in the victory over the Golden State Warriors.



• Arron Afflalo is starting at small forward at 6-5. This figures to be a chance for the Bobcats to go small for long stretches if Jeff Taylor can’t play. Afflalo had all kinds of trouble guarding Henderson in the post last season.

• Taylor (inflamed heel) and center

Bismack Biyombo

(sprained ankle) both practiced Tuesday. Their status for the Magic game will be decided after morning shootaround. Taylor appeared a lot closer to being well enough to play than Biyombo.



Tap-ins

• The Magic is on a six-game losing streak following Monday’s loss in Memphis. Center

Nik Vucevic

has missed four of those games with a sprained ankle.



• Bobcats average the fewest points in the NBA. The Magic allows the second-most. Something’s got to give.



Did you know?

• The Bobcats have a 7-2 record this season in games decided by six points or less.



Rick Bonnell

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