Bobcats vs. Hawks
7:30 p.m., Phillips Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||16.6||3.7||G, J. Teague||13.8||2.7|
|G, J. Taylor||7.6||2.4||G, K. Korver||11.0||3.7|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||11.4||6.6||F, J. Smith||15.2||7.1|
|F, B. Mullens||13.4||8.3||F, A. Horford||15.9||9.2|
|C, B. Haywood||6.5||6.9||C, Z. Pachulia||7.3||7.7|
Matchup to Watch
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Josh Smith: Rookie Kidd-Gilchrist might be the one Bobcat equipped to match Smith’s quickness, size and explosiveness. He guarded Smith well last week, but got in foul trouble.
• The Hawks are now going big, moving center Zaza Pachulia into the starting lineup and moving Al Horford over to power forward.
• The Bobcats had big problems guarding Horford. The defensive rotations were slow when Horford rolled to the rim after setting picks.
• Atlanta is one of the NBA’s top defensive teams – top-five in points allowed, opponent field-goal percentage and opponent 3-point percentage.
The Bobcats are coming off their worst beating ever, losing 114-69 in Oklahoma City on Monday.
• Charlottean Anthony Morrow now plays off the bench for the Hawks.
Hawks point guard (and former Wake Forest star) Jeff Teague has had double-doubles in each of his last two games.
Did you know?
Pachulia was technically a Bobcat for a day. They chose him in the 2004 expansion draft in a pre-arranged deal to trade him to Milwaukee. They probably should have kept him.