The Bobcats limp into Friday nights game versus the Orlando Magic on a five game losing streak. The Bobcats have struggled all year on the defensive end, and over this five game losing streak the Bobcats have given up 99 points or more in four of the five games.
So I guess the key to the game on Friday is keeping the Magic from putting the orange thing in the hoop. In games the Bobcats have given up 90 points or less the team is 4-0, but in games the Bobcats have given up over 100 points the ‘Cats are 3-23.
Some other keys for the Bobcats will be keeping Arron Afflalo from getting hot from deep. Afflalo averages a little over 17 ppg, and can be lethal from three point range. The second key for the Bobcats will be winning the rebound battle, and that means keeping Nikola Vucevic off the glass. Vucevic is averaging 11.2 rpg to go along with 11.6 ppg.
The Bobcats rank 22nd in the league in rebounding while the Magic are 12th. Tyrus Thomas and Bismack Biyombo need to dominate the boards to prevent Orlando from getting easy second chance points.
Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson both went 3 of 10 from the field in the loss to the Pacers. Both players need to improve their shot selection so the Bobcats can get a few more easy buckets.
Kemba Walker’s scoring has been down a little of late, so look for Kemba to have a break out scoring performance on Friday night. Although he is playing against Jameer Nelson I believe Kemba is poised to have a big night.
Lastly, the Bobcats need to pass better. The Bobcats are 30th in the league in assists at barely over 19 per game. This shows the team is having to score off a lot of isolation plays, and that the Bobcats are not scoring many easy buckets.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip off at the Amway Center in Orlando.