Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Bobcats at Cavaliers

7:30 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Cavs
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.8 4.1 G, K. Irving 21.1 3.6
G, G. Henderson 14.4 4.0 G, D. Waiters 15.6 2.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7.3 5.2 F, L. Deng 16.3 5.9
F, C. Zeller 5.8 4.3 F, T. Thompson 11.8 9.3
C, A. Jefferson 21.6 10.4 C, S. Hawes 13.3 8.3

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. Kyrie Irving: Irving, who starred as a freshman for Duke, recently returned from a biceps injury. These are two of the better pick-and-roll point guards in the Eastern Conference.


• Cavs coach

Mike Brown

elected to keep

Dion Waiters

in the starting lineup after Irving’s return. That makes for a pretty dynamic scoring backcourt.

• The Bobcats have won four in a row over the Cavs, including all three previous meetings this season.


• Bobcats power forward

Josh McRoberts

sat out Friday’s home game against the Orlando Magic with a sprained left ankle. It’s unlikely he’d play against the Cavaliers.

• Cavs forward

Anthony Bennett

, the No. 1 overall pick in June, is out with a patellar tendon strain.

Did you know?

It appears the value of the Luol Deng trade has finally kicked in for Cleveland; entering Friday night’s game in Atlanta, the Cavs had won five of six.

Rick Bonnell