Bobcats at Lakers
10:30 p.m., Staples Center
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||ppg||rpg||Pos, Player||ppg||rpg|
|G, K. Walker||18.1||3.1||G, C. Duhon||4.3||2.2|
|G, G. Henderson||13.2||3.0||G, K. Bryant||29.3||5.3|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||11.0||6.3||F, M. Peace||13.1||5.4|
|F, B. Mullens||11.8||7.3||F, D. Ebanks||4.2||2.3|
|C, B. Biyombo||4.6||2.2||C, D. Howard||18.2||12.0|
Matchup to Watch
Kobe Bryant vs. Gerald Henderson: Two Philly guys, two highly athletic shooting guards. Henderson, recently back in the starting lineup, tests what he can do with the NBAs leading scorer.
• The Lakers just returned from a long East Coast trip. For the Bobcats, this is the first of four games in five nights out West.
• Some of Bismack Biyombos best moments last season involved guarding Dwight Howard, then with Orlando.
• Bobcats backup point guard Ramon Sessions opted out of the final season on his contract with the Lakers to hit the free-agent market. Hes been a strong addition to the Bobcats.
• The Bobcats are still one of just two NBA teams (along with Boston) to have a .500 or better all-time record against the Lakers. Theyre 8-7 in the series.
• Lakers forward Pau Gasol (knee tendinitis) is close to returning to the active roster.
• Average margin of defeat in the Bobcats current 11-game losing streak is 13.9 ppg.
Did you know?
Bernie Bickerstaff, the Bobcats first coach-general manager, served as Lakers interim coach this season between Mike Browns firing and Mike DAntoni taking over. Bickerstaff was 4-1, considerably better than either Brown or DAntoni this season. Bickerstaff continues as a Lakers assistant.