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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m., Saturday

Bobcats at Suns

9 p.m., U.S. Airways Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Suns
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, R. Sessions10.82.1G, G. Dragic19.73.4
G, G. Henderson15.14.3G, G. Green14.13.0
F, C. Douglas-Roberts8.14.8F, P. Tucker9.36.1
F, J. McRoberts8.05.2F, C. Frye12.33.1
C, A. Jefferson19.310.5C, M. Plumlee9.78.1

Matchup to Watch

Goran Dragic vs. Ramon Sessions: Dragic might be the NBA’s most improved player. He’s blown up with the Suns’ other point guard, Eric Bledsoe, out with a knee injury.

Observations

• The Suns are having a stunningly successful season, considering they are in a rebuild. They’re coming off a road victory over the Indiana Pacers, the best defensive team in the NBA. They’re second in the Pacific Division, over a stacked Golden State team. If this continues, Jeff Hornacek figures to win coach of the year in his first season on the job.

• The Suns won the first game this season in Charlotte, so they can sweep the series for the seventh time in 10 seasons.

Tap-ins

•  Miles Plumlee from Duke jumped into major minutes for the Suns after Marcin Gortat was traded to Washington. He’s held up well to advanced expectations.

• Ex-Bobcat Emeka Okafor came to the Suns in the Gortat trade, but has not played at all this season because of a neck injury.

Did you know?

The Suns average 9.4 threes made per game, second-most in the NBA. That’s bad news for a Bobcats team vulnerable at the 3-point line.

Rick Bonnell

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