Chris Douglas Roberts
Welcome back Michael Kidd-Gilchrist! The Bobcats struggles have been well documented of late. The offense has lacked fire power and the defensive prowess that defined this team early on has flickered out. What better time for your former number 2 draft pick to return from injury? Tuesday night the ‘Cats hosted the Knicks in the first of back to back games, this marked the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and therefore the return of their defense. MKG spoke of his absence from basketball, specifically how he had missed the game more than expected. Tuesday night he played like it.
A day later the ‘Cats travel to Philadelphia to face a surprising young 76ers team with one of the most talked about rookies of this year’s class in Michael Carter-Williams. This young guard has entered the league on fire to the tune of 19 points per game, almost 7 rebounds and 5 assists each outing. Charlotte hasn’t won in Philadelphia since March 10, 2010, but after watching Al Jefferson explode for a season high 35 points last night the ‘Cats may yet be able to end that streak. The Sixers enter tonight’s contest with the league’s worst scoring defense, a statistic sure to be tested with the Bobcats lack of scoring punch.
Now with MKG back and Jefferson finding ways to play with what appears to be a season long ankle injury, fans may get a chance to see the Bobcats starters pull together and make a push at one of the undesired final playoff spots in the eastern conference. Kemba Walker is growing into a franchise point guard and learning how to play with a front court weapon like Al Jefferson, with MKG returning to the lineup and the entertaining high flying act that has become Gerald Henderson the Bobcats fans should enjoy lots of entertaining basketball tonight on both ends of the court.