Bobcats vs. Blazers
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||17.6||4.2||G, D, Lillard||21.2||3.6|
|G, G. Henderson||14.5||4.1||G, W. Matthews||16.4||3.8|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||7.4||5.0||F, N. Batum||13.3||7.4|
|F, J. McRoberts||8.4||4.9||F, D. Wright||13.3||7.4|
|C, A. Jefferson||21.3||10.4||C, R. Lopez||10.9||8.6|
Matchup to Watch
Kemba Walker vs. Damian Lillard: Lillard came into the NBA with a terrific pick-and-roll game and he’s also an accomplished 3-point shooter. He’s already made 186 3s this season, breaking his own Blazers record.
Observations• The last game in Portland, Ore., was a 30-point victory by the Blazers, who outscored the Bobcats in every quarter. The Blazers have won seven of the past eight meetings between these teams.
• The Blazers have played the past four games without All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been out with a lower-back contusion.
Tap-ins• This is the Blazers’ first game of an East Coast trip. They are 19-15 away from Portland, the fifth-best road record in the NBA.
• If this game is tight at the end, the Bobcats can’t afford to foul Lillard; he’s 88 percent at the foul line this season, fifth in the NBA.
Did you know?
The Bobcats give up a lot of 3s this season and that was particularly true in that game in Portland – the Trail Blazers made 21 of 33 3-point attempts, scoring nearly half their total points outside the arc.