Well, the Charlotte Bobcats are .500 this far (yes, this far… they’ve been bad for a while) into a season for the first time since 2009. What are the chances they can get to over .500 tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Well, they aren’t terrible, but they aren’t good either.
These Bobcats haven’t been very good on back-to-backs in recent years, and they certainly haven’t been good when the second game has been on the road.
Plus, The T-Wolves, even though they’re without their two best players, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, are still a good team.
At 5-2, they’ve surpassed their early season expectations, and beat good teams like Dallas, Brooklyn and Indian on the heels of some stellar defensive play. They’re second in the league in points allowed, at just 88 per game. They’re also 10th in rebounding and 12th in assists.
Sadly for folks in the Twin Cities, their team will be without Brandon Roy, J.J. Barea and the team’s leading scorer Nikola Pekovic.
That means a ton of the responsibility for winning this game will be shouldered by none other than the boy with the dragon tattoo, Andre Kirilenko.
Charlotte should look to lean on their guards in this one, with Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions coming off big performances in their past two games.
Luke Ridnour, a 31-year-old, nine year NBA veteran will start and see most of the minutes at point guard for Minnesota. There’s no reason the Bobcats plan shouldn’t be to go right at him the entire game.
Tip off is scheduled for 8 o’clock pm at the Target Center in Minneapolis.