Dec 3, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward center Byron Mullens (22) dunks the ball as he is defended by Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) and forward Luke Babbitt (8) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Portland wins in overtime 118-112. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Vs. the Charlotte Bobcats: Game 17 Preview


Carmelo Anthony is coming to town on Wednesday night, and for the struggling Bobcats thats the last thing they want to hear. The Knicks have won three straight games, and are 12-4 on the young season.

The Knicks have scored over a hundred points in seven of their last eight games, and Carmelo Anthony has scored 29 or more in six of those eight games.

Carmelo for the season is averaging 26.6 ppg, and has played exceptionally well so far this season. However, the Knicks are not 12-4 all because of Carmelo. Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler, and J. R. Smith are all huge contributors for this team. Jason Kidd and Rasheed Wallace have been nice veteran presences, and add a stability the Knicks have been looking for the last couple years.

For the Bobcats, well, their going to have to score…a lot if they want to stay in this game. Ben Gordon and Kemba Walker will both need to continue to have hot hands, while Ramon Session and Byron Mullens will need to get back on track after struggling against the Trailblazers.

The Bobcat have struggled to put away teams as of late, and this has led to the Bobcats blowing a couple fourth quarter leads. If the Bobcats want to win this game they will need to come out firing on all cylinders, and maintain that intensity throughout the game. Oh, and another huge dunk from Byron Mullens wouldn’t hurt either.

The Bobcats face the Knicks Wednesday at 7 p. m. at Time Warner Cable Arena

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  • WC_Lion_Alumni

    Great Blog!!! Some thoughts concerning our Cats. The small lineup doesn’t work for long stretches in games, but I remember an article where Dunlap stated that this was his best scoring lineup. He is really limited resource wise to young players and below average player on his bench. Gordon is a one dimensional player. This game we lost against the Knicks, Gordon caused 4 of the 5 turnovers in the last 5-minute stretch of the game. I would rather have Sessions or Hendo in at that point of the game. It looks like Coach Dunlap is just giving Hendo time to get his basketball legs, and he’s being very cautious with that ankle. Also, there have been games lost because Mullens just does not establish a strong low-post position in the paint. During the Blazers collapse, Alridge was pushing Mullens WAY to easily out of the paint for rebound position. The Cats strongest low post defender is Biz, but yet he is still raw. If this team had a strong post player whether it be center or power forward their record would be dramatically different. But, this team puts out the effort and you got to love it. Don’t be surprised if Gordon gets traded down the road either.