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Charlotte Bobcats vs.San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m., Friday

Bobcats at Spurs

8:30 p.m., AT&T Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Spurs
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker18.44.4G, C. Joseph5.21.7
G, G. Henderson14.74.1G, M. Belinelli11.63.0
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist7.95.0F, D. Green8.23.4
F, J. McRoberts8.45.1F, T. Duncan15.610.0
C, A. Jefferson20.510.4C, B. Diaw9.73.6

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Boris Diaw: Ex-Bobcat Diaw was quite effective guarding Jefferson in the first matchup after Jefferson lit up Tim Duncan early. Diaw’s bulk seemed to make it tough for Jefferson to get to the rim.

Observations

• Both teams are elite defensively this season, but the Spurs have been a more efficient offense. San Antonio leads the NBA in 3-point percentage at 38.8 percent, while the Bobcats are at 35.3 percent. The Bobcats traded for an ex-Spurs sharpshooter, Gary Neal, at the deadline last week.

• Neal and point guard Luke Ridnour, acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks, will make their debuts as Bobcats in this game. Charlotte’s five-day break from games was a good opportunity to bring the new guys up to speed in practice.

Tap-ins

• The Spurs have been playing without All-Star guard Tony Parker, who is sitting with a variety of nagging injuries. Essentially coach Gregg Popovich shut him down for rest.

• The Memphis Grizzlies held Jefferson to six points on 2-of-13 shooting in the Bobcats’ last game. That’s the most extreme a team has gone with double-teams to take Jefferson out of a game as a Bobcat.

Did you know?

Diaw is long gone, but his 268 consecutive games played streak is a Bobcats record that will stand for a long time.

Rick Bonnell

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