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Bobcats Gameday

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Friday Gameday: Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Bobcats

Bobcats vs. Cavaliers

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

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Pos, Player; Ppg;Rpg; Pos, Player; Ppg;Rpg

G, K. Walker; 12.0;2.0; G, K. Irving; 15.0;7.0

G, G. Henderson; 11.0;2.0; G, D. Waiters; 11.0;1.0

F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist; 7.0;8.0; F, E. Clark; 9.0;8.0

F, J. McRoberts; 15.0;4.0; F, T. Thompson; 18.0;9.0

C, A. Jefferson; 13.08.0; C, A. Varejao; 11.0;8.0

Matchup to Watch

Kyrie Irving vs. Kemba Walker: Former Duke star Irving is arguably the best young point guard in the NBA. Walker will be challenged defensively to contain his penetration..

Observations

• Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett, the No.1 overall pick in the draft, struggled to guard without fouling during the preseason. He committed four fouls in seven minutes against the Bobcats.

• The Cavaliers signed free-agent center Andrew Bynum during the summer. Bynum played in Cleveland’s opener after missing last season in Philadelphia with a knee injury.

• This is the second of three games in four nights for the Bobcats, who will play 17 games in the season’s first 31 days.

Tap-ins

• Houston crushed the Bobcats in rebounding Wednesday, 54 to 37.

• Cavaliers big man Tyler Zeller, older brother of Bobcats rookie Cody and a former Tar Heel, played four minutes against the Nets after an appendectomy.

• The Bobcats will give away T-shirts to the first 12,000 fans through the doors.

Did you know?

With Bennett going first in June and Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins such a promising prospect, Canadians could be the top picks in consecutive NBA drafts.

Rick Bonnell

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