Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Bobcats Gameday

Bobcats at Raptors

7 p.m., Air Canada Centre

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Raptors
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 16.8 4.1 G, K. Lowry 14.3 3.7
G, G. Henderson 14.8 4.5 G, D. DeRozan 21.4 3.8
F, J. Taylor 8.5 2.3 F, T. Ross 7.7 2.8
F, J. McRoberts 8.5 5.6 F, A. Johnson 11.8 6.8
C, A. Jefferson 15.5 9.2 C, J. Valanciunas 9.7 7.9

Matchup to Watch

Demar DeRozan vs. Gerald Henderson: With Rudy Gay traded to Sacramento, DeRozan is indisputably the Raptors’ best offensive weapon. Wing defense has been one of the Bobcats’ strengths this season. Henderson had 23 points in the last game against Toronto.

Observations

• The Bobcats have won six straight against the Raptors in Charlotte, but have lost three straight in Toronto.



• The Raptors come into this game fresh, having gone three days without games. The Bobcats played the Sacramento Kings at home Tuesday before flying to Canada.



• The Raptors played their best defensive game of the season in beating the Bulls in Chicago. The Bulls scored just 77 points and shot below 40 percent from the field.



• The Raptors dealing Gay looked like a classic salary dump. The best piece Toronto got from Sacramento was probably point guartd

Greivis Vasquez

.



Tap-ins

• The Raptors cut ex-Bobcats point guard

D.J. Augustin

recently because they needed an open roster spot to make the Gay trade.



• The Raptors have a new general manager –

Masai Ujiri

– who apparently wanted payroll flexibility more than Gay.



• The Raptors have won three of four since the Gay trade became public.



Did you know?

The matchup against the Raptors has been good for the Bobcats; they’re 9-3 against Toronto since the start of the 2010-11 season. That’s 12.5 percent of Bobcats’ total wins in that span. Rick Bonnell

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