|Last 5 Games||4-1||+3.1||3-2||2-3||99.0||51.6||44.0%||56.6||94.6||45.2||42.3%||51.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.9||49.2||36-82||44.3%||6-18||35.4%||18-24||74.0%||52||9||22||18||6||12||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.9||50.6||38-83||45.5%||8-22||36.1%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||97.3||48.4||37-82||44.3%||7-18||36.3%||18-24||73.4%||51||9||21||18||7||12||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.3||48.1||37-83||44.3%||8-22||37.1%||15-20||76.0%||51||10||21||21||6||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||100.4||50.2||38-83||45.3%||8-22||35.9%||18-23||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||100.0||49.6||38-84||45.3%||8-22||38.3%||15-20||76.0%||52||10||21||20||7||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+4.4||4-1||1-4||99.6||53.4||47.3%||47.2||92.0||45.6||43.6%||52.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.0||49.6||37-82||45.7%||9-26||36.5%||17-22||78.1%||48||9||25||19||8||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.4||50.3||37-83||45.3%||8-21||36.0%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||100.8||48.3||37-81||45.3%||9-25||36.4%||18-23||78.1%||49||9||25||19||8||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.5||50.2||39-84||46.2%||8-22||36.6%||16-22||75.0%||51||11||23||20||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||100.2||50.2||37-83||45.3%||8-21||35.8%||18-23||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||98.5||48.7||38-84||44.7%||7-22||34.0%||16-21||75.7%||52||11||22||21||8||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHARLOTTE 95.6, ATLANTA 95.5|
|4/14/2014||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/7/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||97-111||L||9||L||208.5||U||39-86||45.3%||42||17||43-80||53.7%||49||16|
|3/8/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||108-109||L||15||W||221||U||38-76||50.0%||42||15||42-79||53.2%||45||18|
|4/14/2014||CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CHARLOTTE: GUARDS: KEMBA WALKER has become a more efficient scorer as well as a capable distributor. He'll sacrifice some shots with Al Jefferson coming in, but he should have more space with which to operate. Down the line, he could mesh nicely with pick-and-pop four Cody Zeller . . . GERALD HENDERSON transformed from a raw athlete into an effective, efficient scorer in the second half of last season. He should be the No. 2 or 3 option this year . . . RAMON SESSIONS is locked in as a sixth man. He's not a shooter, but his ability to get to the line makes him an effective second-unit scorer . . . BEN GORDON seems to be going through the motions at this point. His real value this season is his enormous expiring contract. FORWARDS: MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST is going to be a quality NBA player for a long time, but he's not close to being a major factor offensively. He'll continue to defend and rebound effectively for a wing, but he's a No. 4 or 5 option on the offensive end of the court . . . JOSH MCROBERTS proved good enough to be a rotational player on a bad team last year. He has a chance to start early on while the Bobcats bring some young guys along . . . CODY ZELLER struggled against length and athleticism in college, so it seems the 'Cats think he can be more of a stretch, pick-and-pop four. If he proves to be a shooter, he's athletic enough and a good enough rebounder to be a solid NBA starter . . . JEFFERY TAYLOR is a forgettable second-unit player who can defend a couple of positions. ANTHONY TOLLIVER won't see the floor much, but he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. CENTERS: We'll see how the Bobcats mesh with AL JEFFERSON, the NBA's worst defensive big man and a lane-clogging black hole on offense. He can score, and at (an incredible) $40 million-plus, Charlotte will run everything through him . . . BISMACK BIYOMBO will play some alongside Jefferson, as the Bobcats desperately need to cancel out Jefferson's defense. But the young big man figures to be used more sparingly this year . . . BRENDAN HAYWOOD is still kicking around.|
|ATLANTA: GUARDS: It was a rocky offseason for JEFF TEAGUE, who looked like a goner at one point. Instead, he'll be the focal point of Atlanta's offense . . . Coming off a torn ACL, resident gunner LOUIS WILLIAMS is a question mark entering the season, especially as a guy who relied so much on quickness and explosiveness. He may not be right again until 2014-15 . . . JOHN JENKINS was rock solid as a rookie and should see a bump in playing time with DeShawn Stevenson gone. Jenkins is a legit shooter who can hold his own defensively . . . Rookie DENNIS SCHRODER is a year or two away from consistent minutes, but the penniless man's Rajon Rondo comparisons aren't off . . . JARED CUNNINGHAM is a middling talent destined for a minor role. FORWARDS: PAUL MILLSAP was lost in the shuffle in Utah last year, but he'll be a significant part of this offense in Atlanta. He's a well-rounded power forward and may prove to be a better fit than Josh Smith was for the Hawks . . . KYLE KORVER is coming off a huge year and will play major minutes at both wing spots again . . . A shadow of his former self, ELTON BRAND will rotate in at power forward and center . . . This generation's junkyard dog, DEMARRE CARROLL gives Atlanta some defensive options on the wing and energy off the bench. Outside of some transition baskets, he's a non-factor on offense . . . Euro veteran PERO ANTIC is a finesse stretch four who provides frontcourt depth. CENTERS: After playing a lot of power forward alongside Zaza Pachulia last year, AL HORFORD will spend most of this season at center. With Josh Smith gone, he's poised to have his biggest offensive numbers ever . . . GUSTAVO AYON has proven capable of eating up some space on the second unit. He'll be the second big off the bench after Elton Brand.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (CHARLOTTE-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bobcats-Hawks Preview* =======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Charlotte (41-39) at Atlanta (37-43), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Charlotte Bobcats have won six of seven and are on the verge of securing the second winning season in franchise history. Coach Steve Clifford, however, would like to see some better focus from his team before it heads into the postseason.
While hoping to get Kemba Walker back in the lineup Monday night, the visiting Bobcats will seek to avoid a 12th consecutive loss to another playoff-bound club, the Atlanta Hawks.
Charlotte (41-39) has finished above .500 only in 2009-10, going 44-38 before getting swept by Orlando in the opening round. The Bobcats secured its first non-losing season since then with a 111-105 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.
Charlotte led the lowly 76ers by 14 with 6 1/2 minutes to go before allowing them to get within four with 1:44 remaining. The Bobcats were coming off a 106-103 loss to Boston on Friday, which ended their season-best win streak at five and denied them a season-high fourth consecutive road victory.
"We haven't been the same team the last two games," Clifford said. "Whether we exhaled after clinching (a playoff spot), or whatever it is, I don't know. Whatever it is, we have two games to get it back."
Getting Walker back from an injured groin might help. The point guard, averaging a career-best 17.8 points and 6.1 assists, has sat out the last two games.
His replacement in the starting lineup, Luke Ridnour, was one of seven players in double figures Saturday with 12 points and had a team-best eight assists.
Al Jefferson led the way with 29 points and 12 rebounds, a franchise-record sixth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 boards as well as his seventh consecutive double-double.
Jefferson's performance helped keep Charlotte within one game of sixth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats hold the tiebreaker over the Wizards, who host Miami on Monday night, because of their 3-1 record in the season series.
Jefferson, though, hasn't been able to break Atlanta's dominance over his team. The Bobcats' 11-game losing streak to the Hawks is currently the fifth-longest of any team versus one opponent. Charlotte's 16-game skid to Miami is tied for the longest, and the Bobcats may face the Heat in the first round if they remain seventh in the East.
Jefferson is averaging a team-best 16.7 points - 5.2 lower than his season mark - and 14.0 rebounds in three games against the Hawks this season. He had 24 points and a season-high 23 boards in a 118-116 overtime loss Dec. 28 in Atlanta, where he's averaged 25.0 points and 16.7 boards in his last three games.
The Hawks (37-43) enter this game after clinching their seventh consecutive playoff berth and extending the NBA's second-longest active streak with a 98-85 victory over Miami on Saturday.
Jeff Teague scored 25 points in his team's third straight win and Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 in the fourth quarter.
"I'm happy that we get to play more games and I get to talk more about improving and getting better each practice," said coach Mike Budenholzer, whose team is locked into the No. 8 seed. "We want to build something here."
Williams had a season-high 28 points in his only game against Charlotte this season, the home victory in December. Paul Millsap has averaged 30.5 points in the past two matchups.
Charlotte has lost 12 of 13 in Atlanta.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 8:53:42 PM EST|