It’s been a rough holiday month for the Charlotte Bobcats. The team has yet to put a win in Santa’s stocking, while teams line up to drop a big lump of coal of 100 points or more under the Christmas tree. Atlanta, who the Bobcats are winless against this season, is hoping to extend the Bobcats misery.
If you don’t know by now the Hawks are one of the most NBA improved teams. It’s a shocker considering they traded all-star guard Joe Johnson in the offseason to Brooklyn, where he’s having an underwhelming season. Lets take a quick look at the Hawks success this season before tonight’s game:
- Defense. Atlanta is 5th in opponents PPG at 93.3. The Hawks have always been a good defensive team, but it’s even more of a feat that they’re doing it this year with what many perceived to be a drop in talent. As we’ve seen in Charlotte’s two games against them, this team goes at you defensively and they’ve done a great job keeping Charlotte in check. They’re 9th in steals this season.
- Turnovers. The Hawks play much smarter this season. They’re 4th in the league in turnovers.
- Three pointers. This team has a gang of three-point shooters with Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, Lou Williams and others. They’re 13th in threes made and tenth in three-point percentage.
- Al Horford and Josh Smith. Horford’s been a thorn in the Bobcats side this season, and he’s having a great year. Averaging just over 16ppg with 10reb and 3ast. Smith isn’t having the most efficient year, but is averaging 17ppg, 8reb, and three assists.
It’s going to be another tough road test for the Bobcats struggling defense tonight. The Bobcats are 1-12 this season when giving up 100 points or more, and that lone win is against the Washington Wizards. The Bobcats are struggling to find an identity right now on both sides of the ball, which isn’t a good formula when you’re facing a team like Atlanta in the Highlight Factory. Defense and rebounding are typically the two main things you’re going to need to grind out victories on the road, and the team isn’t particularly good at either.
We’ll see if there’s any change in that tonight, and hopefully we’ll be talking about the end of a nine-game skid, rather than the christening of a 10-game losing streak. The Bobcats and Hawks will tip off from Atlanta at 7:30 p.m.