Bobcats vs. Spurs Preview
The Charlotte Bobcats are fresh off a weekend of tough losses after falling to the winless Pistons on Friday and one of the best teams in the NBA on Saturday in the Orlando Magic.
On the road against Detroit, the Bobcats were down by as many as 22 points early and almost completed the greatest comeback in franchise history. Charlotte chipped away at the lead to one before eventually losing 97-90.
The following night at home against the Magic, Charlotte started the contest taking it right at Orlando. Gerald Wallace came out shooting from the hip. Wallace hit several of his jump shots, going 60 percent from the floor and 4-of-4 from behind the arc. He finished the game leading all scorers (25 points, 14 rebounds). However, Charlotte came up on the wrong side of the win column with a 91-88 defeat.
“We (Wallace and Stephen Jackson) both know our offense and our defense starts with both of us,” said Wallace. “We’ve got to come out and be more aggressive offensively and get our teammates involved more – defensively too. Nine times out of 10, the two and the three are one of the best positions on opposing teams on any given night. We’ve got to take that responsibility of coming out and making our defense aggressive.”
The Bobcats continue to have problems with protecting the ball. In the loss to Orlando, they totaled 16 turnovers that led to 17 Magic points. Furthermore, Charlotte must be able to bring the excitement in all four periods and play a complete game.
There is no panic in Charlotte as the Bobcats have another chance to redeem themselves against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
“We’re six games in,” said Jackson. “We’ve got a lot of games left. It’s still early and we’ve got to stay positive, that’s the biggest thing. We can’t get down and expect things to automatically happen.”
The Spurs come in with the sixth-ranked scoring offense in the league (105.3 points). Even though San Antonio records over 100 points per game, they also give up 101.5 points per contest. So it is critical for the Bobcats to find the offensive firepower to battle with the Spurs.
San Antonio will apply pressure with their championship pedigree of Richard Jefferson (20.4 points), Manu Ginobili (21.0 points, 5.0 assists), Tim Duncan (17.6 points, 10.8 rebounds) and Tony Parker (16.8 points, 8.0 assists).
Key Matchups: The play of Wallace and Jackson against Jefferson and Ginobili could determine the outcome of the game. Wallace and Jackson will have to find their offense in the same game for the first time this season to be victorious. The thing to watch will be the matchup on the boards. San Antonio averages 40.0 rebounds a game and Charlotte grabs 36.4. If the Bobcats can keep the Spurs off the glass, they should be in good shape to pull out a win.
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Courtesy of Brandon Adolph from bobcats.com