Nov 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Charlotte Bobcats defeat the New York Knicks 102-97. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Kidd-Gilchrist, 'Cats Look To Contain Melo, Knicks In Rematch


The Charlotte Bobcats and New York Knicks will face each other Friday for the second time this week, this time at Time Warner Cable Arena.  The Bobcats are undefeated at home so far in two games.  

The Bobcats squeaked out a 102-97 victory over New York in Madison Square Garden Tuesday behind Kemba Walker’s 26 points.

The Knicks will again be without former defensive player of the year Tyson Chandler. Chandler suffered a leg injury in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game, which will sideline him for several weeks.

Chandler’s absence proved to be difference in the Bobcats rebounding advantage. The Knicks don’t have a big body that can defend and rebound with the impact of Chandler.

It likely means Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin will all get minutes at center. With Chandler on the bench Tuesday, the Bobcats held a rebound edge of 43-27 over the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 32 points Tuesday, but only on 10-28 shooting. Expect Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to get the main defensive assignment on Anthony again after a superb job Tuesday.

The Bobcats will also be without starting center Al Jefferson for the fifth consecutive game. Jefferson suffered a setback in the team’s season debut a week ago and was not present in shootaround Friday morning. Bismack Biyombo will continue to start in his place.

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