Bobcats vs. Cavaliers
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||18.1||3.3||G, K. Irving||22.7||2.9|
|G, G. Henderson||13.7||4.0||G, D. Waiters||14.2||2.5|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||10.9||6.3||F, A. Gee||11.5||4.0|
|F, H. Warrick||6.1||3.4||F, T. Thompson||9.2||8.5|
|C, B. Biyombo||4.8||6.9||C, T. Zeller||8.0||5.4|
Matchup to Watch
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Dion Waiters: They likely won’t guard each other, but these are two of the top four picks in the 2012 draft class. Kidd-Gilchrist is a do-it-all type while Waiters is a pure scorer.
The Bobcats have struggled most of the season to keep opponents off the offensive boards. The Cavs are second in the NBA in second-chance points (scoring resulting from offensive rebounds) at 16.5 points per game.
• Cavs big man Anderson Varejao, who missed Cleveland’s last game with a right knee contusion, leads the NBA in rebounding this season at 14.4 per game.
• Former Duke point guard Kyrie Irving has been everything the Cavs hoped for in a No. 1 overall pick – a creative driver and passer off the pick-and-roll.
• The Bobcats are 7-7 all-time against the Cavs in Cleveland, dramatically better than 1-13 in Cleveland.
• Three-point defense has been a concern for the Bobcats. C.J. Miles came off Cleveland’s bench recently to make eight 3s in a single game against the Nets.
Did you know?
The Bobcats once signed then-restricted free agent Varejao to an offer sheet, which then-Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry immediately matched.