• One of Bobcats coach Steve Cliffords major concerns when he got the job was the teams traditionally poor rebounding. So far, at least, that hasnt been a problem. The Bobcats entered Fridays game first in the NBA in defensive-rebound percentage (portion of potential defensive rebounds grabbed in) and fifth on total-rebound percentage.
• The one home game against the Los Angeles Lakers each season is one of the sure sellouts on the Bobcats schedule. Local Lakers fans apparently wont miss their star Dec. 14 when their team comes to Charlotte; Kobe Bryant announced on his Facebook page Friday that hell be back from Achilles tendon surgery Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
• The first month of the season was particularly dense with games the Bobcats played 17 in the first 31 days. Now theyre getting some compensation Friday was the only game in a five-day span.
• Jeff Taylor is projected to be the starting small forward for at least the next month while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recovers from a broken hand. Taylor looked far more aggressive in the first half Friday, making five of his first six shots for 11 points.
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