If the Bobcat’s hope to end their season high 5 game losing streak Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings, then they are going to have to find a way get back to playing the shut down defense that was one of the best to begin the season.
Many analysts and pundits will agree this ‘Cats team lacks the kind of scoring punch necessary to allow them to take possessions off on the defensive end of the court, but to begin the season they had the pieces to play lock down league leading defense.
Now injuries and the grind of the season have proven to be a difficult obstacle for this young ‘Cats team to overcome. They are still about a week away from regaining the services of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a defensive stalwart this team could badly use right now. To make matters worse backup Jeffrey Taylor, considered by many to be the next best defender on the team, has been lost for the year.
Coming off their worst defensive performance of the year in Portland, the ‘Cats will face a vulnerable Kings squad who’s youth is still trying to find their way. Al Jefferson and DeMarcus Cousin’s will provide a premier matchup of two of the league’s more talented centers, but if the ‘Cats hope to find a victory on this west-coast road trip then it will be Kemba Walker who needs to find his shot.
Walker is coming into this game shooting below 30% over his past 5 games, but when these teams matched up in Charlotte on December 17 it was Walker and the Cat’s who walked away with the win after Kemba poured in 24 points. If the Cat’s hope to repeat that performance it will begin on the defensive side of the ball.