Bobcats at Magic
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||17.3||3.3||G, J. Nelson||15.0||3.9|
|G, G. Henderson||12.9||3.3||G, A. Afflalo||17.4||3.7|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||10.6||6.5||F, D. Jones||3.1||2.0|
|F. H. Warrick||6.7||3.5||F. G. Davis||15.7||7.6|
|C, B. Biyombo||4.8||6.9||C, N. Vucevic||11.5||11.1|
Matchup to Watch
Kemba Walker vs. Jameer Nelson: Walker missed practice Thursday with a sprained ankle, but coach Mike Dunlap expects Walker to play. It will be tough guarding Nelson if Walkers change-of-direction is limited.
• Magic center Nikola Vucevic is one of the NBAs best young rebounders, at just over 11 per game. The Bobcats are coming off a loss to the Indiana Pacers in which they were outrebounded by 29.
• Magic rookie Maurice Harkless played for Dunlap last season at St. Johns. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins took notice of Dunlap while scouting Harkless last season.
• Walker leads the Bobcats in scoring, (17.3), assists (5.3) and steals (1.9). Only four other NBA players do that for their respective teams: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Goran Dragic.
• Reflective of Dunlaps effort to up the tempo this season, the Bobcats are third in the NBA in fast-break points (17.4 per game).
• The Magic has won eight of the last nine matchups with the Bobcats. Of course that was a Magic team that had Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson.
Did you know?
Ninety is the Magics magic number: Theyre 14-12 this season scoring 90 or more, 0-12 when they fail to do so.