• Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said pre-game that small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrists first two practices since breaking his left hand in early December went well. Kidd-Gilchrist got plenty of contact both days without a setback, Clifford has praised Kidd-Gilchrist for well he worked at staying in shape during his layoff.
The plan is still for Kidd-Gilchrist to play his first game Tuesday at home against the New York Knicks.
• Nice gesture by the Minnesota Timberwolves to welcome back Bobcats center Al Jefferson with a video on the scoreboard during an early-game timeout. Jefferson played in Minneapolis for several seasons before being traded to the Utah Jazz. He was a popular guy around the Twin Cities.
• This is the unpredictable team the Timberwolves are; theyve won in as many blowouts as any team this season but theyre 0-10 this season in games decided by four or fewer points.
• Saturdays opponent, the Chicago Bulls, might be depleted, but theyre underwater. The way the Bobcats have played of late, its hard to see how they win in the United Center.
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