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Charlotte Bobcats preview: Cleveland Cavaliers in town Friday

Bobcats vs. Cavaliers

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Cavs
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 18.4 4.3 G, K. Irving 21.5 3.4
G, G. Henderson 17.9 4.3 G, J. Jack 8.5 2.6
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 14.6 4.1 F, L. Deng 16.6 5.9
F, J. McRoberts 8.3 5.0 F, T. Thompson 12.2 9.7
C, A. Jefferson 21.2 10.4 C, S. Hawes 13.2 8.7

Matchup to Watch

Kyrie Irving vs. Kemba Walker: Two exceptionally quick pick-and-roll point guards in a time when the NBA’s rule against hand-checking makes these guys awfully tough to defend.


• The stakes are pretty obvious: If the Bobcats win tonight or April 5 in Cleveland, they clinch a tiebreaker over the Cavs. They already hold a tiebreaker over the Detroit Pistons. Those are pretty big cards in the race for a playoff spot.

• The Cavs made two in-season trades that acquired starters, adding

Luol Deng

from the Chicago Bulls and

Spencer Hawes

from the Philadelphia 76ers. Hawes has been a problem for the Bobcats in the past because his shooting range forces

Al Jefferson

to stray far from the basket defensively.


• The Cavs have been hot of late, winning eight of 13 games. In that span they are 4-2 on the road.

• Don’t put the Cavs on the foul line; they’re shooting 80 percent on their free throws over the past nine games.

Did you know?

Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers was the third time this season the Bobcats led a game from start to finish. They did that twice previously in franchise history.

Rick Bonnell