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Charlotte Bobcats Gameday

Bobcats vs. Kings

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Kings
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 16.8 4.1 G, I. Thomas 18.8 2.5
G, G. Henderson 14.8 4.5 G, B. McLemore 9.1 3.2
F, J. Taylor 8.5 2.3 F, R. Gay 19.7 7.1
F, J. McRoberts 8.5 5.6 F, J. Thompson 7.3 5.4
C, A. Jefferson 15.5 9.2 C, D. Cousins 22.1 10.8

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. DeMarcus Cousins: Two true low-post scorers, in a time when their skill sets seem headed for extinction in the NBA.

Observations

The Kings, under new ownership and no longer ticketed to Seattle, have made two major trades already, ending up with Rudy Gay from Toronto and Derrick Williams from Minnesota.

The Kings drafted Ben McLemore, a player some Bobcats fans coveted. He’s having mixed results: A decent 34 percent from 3-point range, but only one percent better in overall shooting.

The Kings hired first-time head coach Mike Malone, a guy with a resume quite similar to the Bobcats’ Steve Clifford.

This is the start of a rough trip for the Kings – four games in five nights, all on the road.

Tap-ins

Gay’s first game with the Kings was quite impressive – 24 points off 9-of-12 shooting.

The Bobcats continue to have a losing record at home (6-8).

Bobcats rookie Cody Zeller is running a sock drive for the needy at home games through Dec. 27. Zeller is asking fans to bring a six-pack of new socks to donate this holiday season. Fans donating socks or a minimum $10 monetary contribution will receive a ticket voucher for the Jan. 20 home game against the Toronto Raptors.

Did you know?

Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo is technically a Kings draftee. The Kings chose him seventh overall in 2011 in a pre-arranged deal that involved the Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rick Bonnell

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