The Bobcats have had four days off following their loss to the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night. The Bobcats split the first of their two games on the season, and return home to host the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have gone 1-3 to start their first season in quite some time without Steve Nash starting at point guard
Gerald Henderson will be out of the lineup for the Bobcats, after spraining his left foot against the Mavericks. There’s no word yet on who will start, though the favorite is probably Ben Gordon. There’s an outside shot to Reggie Williams, if the team decides they want Gordon’s scoring off the bench for tonight’s game.
So far it’s hard to get a grasp of what the Bobcats are so far. They have done a good job forcing turnovers, even in their blowout loss to the Mavericks. It’s rare that you see a team in a blowout defeat force more turnovers than the opposition. The Bobcats in their two games have forced more turnovers for the opposition, than they have themselves.
Another trend so far in the past two games has been point guard play. After Kemba Walker’s stellar night against Indiana, he was flat against Dallas. Meanwhile Ramon Sessions was one of the positives for the team finishing with 24 points. The point guard play should be strong all season for the Bobcats. Walker has a lot to prove this season, for the Bobcats to determine if he can be a key part of their team going forward.
Tonight’s game also has an interesting frontcourt matchup. Byron Mullens and Brendan Haywood will matchup against Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat. Meanwhile Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will go up against another #2 overall draft pick in Michael Beasley.
Gortat and Scola should have the advantage offensively, especially in the low post where both players have proven to have some go-to moves. Haywood is going to have his hands full, and Mullens is going to have to step up his interior defense as well. It also wouldn’t be shocking if both teams go smallball and play uptempo to make use of their youth and athleticism.
Overall, the Bobcats do matchup well with the Suns, though it’s not clear which side has a favorable edge. We’ll be back later tonight to recap the game, and hopefully discuss a Bobcats win.