Bobcats vs. Heat
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||18.7||3.1||G, M. Chalmers||6.6||2.4|
|G, TBD||G, D. Wade||19.7||3.8|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||11.0||6.4||F, L. James||25.2||8.5|
|F. TBD||F, U. Haslem||4.0||4.9|
|C, B. Biyombo||5.0||6.8||C, C. Bosh||18.0||7.9|
Matchup to Watch
LeBron James vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap often talks about the pain of experience attached to gaining experience. This could be a prime example; rookie Kidd-Gilchrist is a fine defender and competitive sort. But James had the kind of season last year MVP, NBA championship, Olympic gold that defines a legacy.
• The Bobcats had three days away from games between Saturdays loss in Denver and Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Heat played late Christmas Day, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-97 in a national television game.
• The Bobcats figure to be without 7-footer Byron Mullens for a while after what appeared to be a severe left ankle sprain late in the game in Denver.
• Gerald Henderson (shin contusion) practiced fully Sunday night, so he appears to be a go versus the Heat.
• The Bobcats are on the longest losing streak in the NBA at 15 games.
• Little-used Bobcats center Gana Diop had five blocks Saturday against the Nuggets.
• Ben Gordon (sore knee) was at practice Tuesday, but did not appear to go through team drills.
Did you know?
Over the 15-game losing streak, the Bobcats have allowed 109.4 points per game and 48.1 percent shooting. In the 7-5 start, they gave up 99.6 points and 44 percent shooting.