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Bobcats Gameday

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Charlotte Bobcats Gameday

Bobcats at Knicks

7:30, Madison Square Garden

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats

Pos, Player; Ppg;Rpg

G, K. Walker; 16.3;2.7

G, G. Henderson; 9.3;2.3

F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist; 8.3;5.7

F, J. McRoberts; 8,3;5.7

C, B. Biyombo; 5.0;7.0

Knicks

Pos, Player; Ppg;Rpg

G, P. Prigionii; 3.5;3.0

G, R. Felton; 15.5;2.5

F, C. Anthony; 20.5;8.0

F, A. Bargnani; 7.5;1.5

C, T. Chandler; 8.5;12.5

Matchup to Watch

Carmelo Anthony vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor: Anthony is probably the most physically imposing small forward in the NBA. However, he struggled down the stretch of the Knicks’ back-to-back losses to Chicago and Minnesota.

Observations

• Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson is shooting just 28percent from the field. Former Bobcats coach Paul Silas came by practice Monday to work with Henderson on his shooting form.

• The Bobcats will again be without center Al Jefferson, who couldn’t practice Monday because of his sprained right ankle.

• The Bobcats’ shooting has been all-around bad. They rank last among 30 NBA teams in foul shooting, 29th in 3-point percentage and 27 in field-goal percentage.

• The shame of their poor foul shooting (61 percent) is it squanders a strength – getting to the line. The Bobcats’ 90 free throws attempted are fourth-best in the league.

Tap-ins

• Bobcats coach Steve Clifford got his start in the NBA as a Knicks opponent scout, working for then-coach Jeff Van Gundy.

• Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani is a 7-footer, but he averages just 1.5 rebounds this season.

Did you know?

Bobcats associate head coach Patrick Ewing still holds almost all the significant Knicks career records, including points, rebounds, minutes, steals and blocks

Rick Bonnell

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