January 23, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) drives past Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker on his way to scoring a basket during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Division Rivals Bobcats, Hawks Face Off


The Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) will host the Atlanta Hawks (3-3) from Time Warner Cable Arena Monday. The Bobcats are coming off a ten point home loss to the hot-shooting New York Knicks.

Al Jefferson is hoping to play Monday. The Bobcats big free agent acquisition returned to practice Sunday, but will be a game time decision against the Hawks. The Bobcats could use his scoring to match the offensive production of his former Utah Jazz teammate Paul Millsap and Al Horford.

Steve Clifford will be back on the sidelines for the Bobcats. Clifford missed Saturday’s game against the Knicks to recover from chest pains. He was released from the hospital over the weekend and returned to practice Sunday.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Clifford is cleared to travel with the team, but will need to add more rest to his weekly schedule.

Through six games, the Hawks offense has overachieved and is sixth in points scored. Millsap and Horford have performed like one of the league’s better frontcourts.

Point guard Jeff Teague is enjoying one of the best stretches of his professional career. The former Wake Forest standout is averaging 17.7 points and 9.8 assists. Teague and Kemba Walker should have an entertaining matchup. To no surprise, Walker is the Bobcats leading scorer at 17.3 points.

The sharpshooting Kyle Korver is shooting 58 percent on threes so far, which doesn’t bode well for the Bobcats after the Knicks three-point shooting clinic Saturday. In 28 games against the Bobcats, Korver is shooting 51 percent on threes, his highest percentage against any opponent.

The Bobcats enter the game eighth in points allowed, 17th in defensive rating, and 20th in in opponents field goal percentage. The Bobcats are having trouble scoring the ball, ranking 29th in points and 26th in offensive rating.

Atlanta’s defense hasn’t been great so far, but the Bobcats defense might not have the weapons to take advantage.

If you;re looking to go to the game, Bobcats tickets remain available in both the upper and lower levels.

 

 

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