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Charlotte Bobcats Observations

• Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker sat out his second straight game to rest a sore right groin. It’s possible Walker will be well enough to play against the Hawks Monday night in Atlanta.

“They did a (magnetic resonance imaging) and it’s not anything serious,” said coach Steve Clifford.

• Clifford said he’ll base Walker’s availability over the last three regular-season games on how he’s feeling. However Clifford said it would be disadvantageous if Walker doesn’t play at least one more game before heading into his first NBA playoffs.

• The Bobcats were bad defensively in Boston Friday and just as bad in the first half Saturday against the 76ers. As Clifford said pre-game, “If we’re not defending, there’s no way we win in the playoffs. There’s no team we’d play that we’ll outscore.”

• Al Jefferson didn’t get his first technical foul of the season until Jan. 24, but he’s made up for lost time: The “T” he drew Saturday was No. 5.

• That was Jefferson’s sixth straight game reaching at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. That “MVP” chant he received at the foul line was a lot louder than it’s been in the past.