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Charlotte Bobcats at Indiana Pacers: Gameday

Bobcats at Pacers

7 p.m. Friday, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Pacers
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker17.04.1G, G. Hill11.73.5
G, G. Henderson15.04.6G, L. Stephenson12.16.2
F, J. Taylor8.52.4F, P. George25.15.8
F, J. McRoberts8.55.8F, D. West12.87.1
C, A. Jefferson15.19.2C, R. Hibbert12.49.1

Matchup to Watch

Paul George vs. Jeff Taylor: George is quickly becoming one of the NBA’s premier scorers. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out with a broken hand, Taylor is going to have quite a challenge containing George Friday night.

Observations

• The Pacers are a tremendous defensive team, built around center Roy Hibbert. He’s second in the NBA in blocks, at three per game, behind New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.

• The Bobcats hope to have back center Bismack Biyombo, who missed the past two games with a sprained right ankle.

• The Pacers clobbered the Bobcats in a previous meeting in Charlotte – 99-74 in late November.

• Tonight is somewhat a homecoming for Bobcats rookie Cody Zeller, who starred for Indiana the past two seasons. Zeller had one of his better games against the Magic on Wednesday, with 10 points (on 5-of-7 shooting) and six rebounds.

Tap-ins

• The Pacers have won seven straight in Indianapolis against the Bobcats.

• Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts, who’s been so key to this team’s ball-movement, had his previous best NBA stretch as a Pacer.

• The Pacers have had some incredible shot-blocking games; four games of 10 or more blocks, including 18 against the Orlando Magic.

Did you know?

Kemba Walker has now played 170 consecutive games as a Bobcat. That ties him with Raymond Felton for third-most consecutive appearances in franchise history. The record is Boris Diaw’s 245.

Rick Bonnell

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