Gerald Henderson continues to light up the scoreboard for the Charlotte Bobcats. Last night in Madison Square Garden, Henderson had 35 points and seven rebounds in a 111-102 loss to the New York Knicks. Henderson is having the best stretch of his Bobcats career and is doing it primarily from the free throw line. Henderson made 88% of his 17 free throw attempts against the Knicks, while also shooting 56% from the field. Despite the loss, the Bobcats are going to need another big night from Henderson, when they travel to Philadelphia tonight to face the Sixers.
The Bobcats have lost five straight meeting to the Sixers, with their last win coming in 2011. The Sixers haven’t had a great season this year, but their style of play and personel has given the Bobcats fits over the years. Henderson has played in one game this season against the Sixers and had just 13 points in 34 minutes.
For the Sixers, Jrue Holiday has played well against Charlotte. He’s averaging 16 points and 11 assists in two meetings against the Bobcats this season. Holiday has had a breakout season in 2013 and looks like one of the league’s rising point guards. The matchup with him and Kemba Walker has always been an interesting one, but so far Walker hasn’t done well.
Walker has just 9.5 points in two games against the Sixers this season. Walker has had a rough March, though he is averaging just under 22 points in his last five games. The Walker and Henderson backcourt is probably the most reliable scoring weapon the Bobcats have right now, so they’re going to need Walker to have an efficient scoring night.
Both the Bobcats and Sixers are two young teams, that are likely looking towards the future to resolve their problems. The Sixers had a lot of expectations going into this season, but with Andrew Bynum announced to miss the entire regular season, things certainly changed. The Sixers for a good stretch of games this year haven’t been playing the basketball they did towards the end of last season.
Despite their offensive struggles, they’re scoring the ball better this month, but their defense isn’t nearly as great as it was towards last season. Head coach Doug Collins always tries to get his teams to compete, so he’ll be hoping for the Sixers to have a strong finish to their season. The Bobcats are looking to keep building off what’s been some better overall play.