Bobcats at Hawks
7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||ppg||rpg||Pos, Player||ppg||rpg|
|G, K. Walker||17.7||3.4||G, J. Teague||13.5||2.4|
|G, J. Taylor||7.8||2.4||G, D. Harris||7.3||1.8|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||11||6.3||F, J. Smith||17.3||8.1|
|F, B. Mullens||11.9||7.7||F, D. Stevenson||7.6||2.9|
|C, D. Diop||0.5||2.5||C, A. Horford||16.8||10.2|
Matchup to Watch
Josh Smith vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Smiths combination of size, power and quickness make him a tough cover any night. Rookie Kidd-Gilchrist has the physical tools to defend Smith best among Bobcats, so long as he avoids foul trouble.
• The Bobcats have had a turnover problem lately and the Hawks devour giveaways they are third in the NBA at points-off-turnovers at 19.5 per game.
• The Hawks big offseason acquisition was guard Lou Williams, a scorer who gave the Bobcats all sorts of problems as a part of the Philadelphia 76ers.
• Charlottean Anthony Morrow is now with the Hawks, adding outside shooting and one of the games best shot fakes.
• The Bobcats have lost six straight to the Hawks, including two defeats this season.
• The Hawks are now run by former Duke star Danny Ferry, who dealt away Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams during the offseason.
• The Hawks spend a lot of time playing a bigger lineup, moving Al Horford to power forward and adding center Zaza Pachulia
Did you know?
At just 27 years old, Smith has piled up the blocks he is 13th among active NBA players in career rejections.