Jan 6, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) drives to the basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats Host Detroit Pistons; Looking For Third Straight Win: Game 68 Preview


The Charlotte Bobcats will face the Detroit Pistons tonight in Charlotte, where the Bobcats will look for their third straight win. The Pistons enter tonight’s game with a ten-game losing streak. The Bobcats and Pistons have split two games this season, with the Bobcats losing the most recent game at home in February.

The Bobcats defeated the Toronto Raptors Wednesday 107-101 and Gerald Henderson continued his hot stretch of play with 21 points. Henderson is averaging 18.6 points on 45.1% shooting in March. Henderson’s confidence is at a season-high right now and he’s been showing the improvements fans have wanted to see over the course of his rookie contract.

Most impressive is Henderson’s ability to get to the line. He’s averaging just over six free throw attempts in March and making them at an 88% clip. Henderson’s becoming a much more efficient player and has given the Bobcats a formidable scoring threat in their starting backcourt.

Henderson isn’t the only former Duke Bluedevil playing well for the Bobcats right now. After getting his third double-double in five games, Josh McRoberts has proven to be a productive trade acquisition for the Bobcats.

In his last five games, McRoberts is averaging 12.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals. McRoberts has a player efficiency rating of 15.2 in 13 games with Charlotte. McRoberts all-around contributions have been a welcome addition, particularly in comparison to the sink or swim style of play from Byron Mullens.

Since beating the Bobcats last month, times have been tough for the Pistons. They’ve lost seven straight road games, with their most recent being to the Miami Heat. The Pistons have played a lot of tough opponents during their 10-game skid, and after beating the Bobcats recently, they might be a little more confident playing Charlotte than past teams. Greg Monroe remains the Pistons leading scorer and Jose Calderon is still shooting the ball well with Detroit.

The Pistons though are struggling on both sides of the ball. They’re scoring just 90.2 points in March while giving up over 107 points. They are 2-14 since the all-star break. Regardless Charlotte shouldn’t take them too lightly and should continue doing the things that have helped them win their recent games.

 

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