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Charlotte Bobcats vs.Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m., Wednesday

Bobcats vs. Nets

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Nets
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker17.74.2G, D. Williams14.42.5
G, G. Henderson14.64.2G, Livingston8.03.2
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist7.45.1F, J. Johnson15.53.3
F, J. McRoberts8.44.9F, P. Pierce13.44.7
C, A. Jefferson21.410.4C, M. Plumlee6.73.9

Matchup to Watch

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Joe Johnson: With the injuries the Nets have experienced, they need Johnson to come forward as a first scoring option. He’s been strong in crunch time. Kidd-Gilchrist, by his own description, is the Bobcats’ “middle linebacker.”

Observations

• The Nets’ reaction to losing center Brook Lopez (and Kevin Garnett of late) has been to go small with Paul Pierce as a “power forward.” Predictbly that makes them a poor rebounding team, but the Nets are sixth in the league in turnovers forced..

• The injuries to the centers have opened playing time for rookie Mason Plumlee, who played for Duke. Plumlee figures to make the All-Rookie team off his strong second half of the season.

Tap-ins

• A victory by the Nets would give them a 3-1 head-to-head advantage over the Bobcats and a tiebreaker in the unlikely event these teams finish with the same record in the East.

• The Nets have gone 27-11 since the first of the year, which saved their season after a brutal start.

Did you know?

You don’t want the ball in Johnson’s hands in the last minute of a tight game. He’s made 13 of 16 shots from the field as a Net in situations where Brooklyn is either tied or trails by three or fewer points..

Rick Bonnell

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