After snapping a 23-game losing skid against Indiana in last nights season opener, the Bobcats look to start the season 2-0 on the road against Dallas. The Bobcats were led by 30 points from Kemba Walker. Kemba was a scoring machine last night, getting to the line 10 times and shooting just below 50% from the field.
The Bobcats starting backcourt finished with 48 points, as Gerald Henderson added 18 in support. Veterans Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon came off the bench to combine for 21 points.
WIth Dirk Nowitzki out, the Bobcats matchup a lot better with the Mavericks. The Mavericks got younger in the offseason after fielding the oldest team in the league last season. With the additions of Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, and Jae Crowder among others, Mark Cuban has built a team balanced with youth and veterans. The Mavericks have split their first two games, after upsetting the new-look Lakers in the season opener.
It’ll be a good matchup for Kemba and Henderson against Collison and Mayo. Both backcourts are young, athletic and good at getting into the lane on offense. Mayo and Collison might be better shooters than the Bobcats backcourt though,
The frontcourt will match a group of Mavericks veterans against the inexperience of the Bobcats bigs. The Mavericks will likely start Shawn Marion, Elton Brand and the debut of Chris Kaman. Troy Murphy could also play tonight. The Mavericks frontcourt could be a lot more impressive with Dirk in the fold, but right now they’ll probably look to Kaman and Marion for scoring.
Former Maverick Brendan Haywood will be crucial defensively to throw at Brand or Kaman, while Michael-Kidd Gilchrist will likely guard Marion. It also wouldn’t be a shocker if MKG Is matched up against Mayo and Vince Carter at times during the game. Byron Mullens will be up against Elton Brand, who while he’s lost a step, is still a respectable defender. Mullens will look to rebound after going 3-10 from the field, and 0-6 from three against the Pacers last night.
It’ll be very interesting to see how the Bobcats handle their first back-to-back of the season, after a big opening win. The Mavericks defeated the Bobcats a few weeks ago in preseason.