Jan 19, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions (7) shoots free throws against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Kings defeated the Bobcats 97-93. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves (17-23) @ Charlotte Bobcats (10-32)

The Bobcats started the 2nd half of their season with a 104-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday. Only 3 players scored in double figures. Backup point guard and former Wolf Ramon Sessions led them with 27 points. The other two were Ben Gordon and the guy the Bobs live-and-die with, Kemba Walker, who you may remember, treated Alexey Shved to this gem back in November.

That shot capped off a 20 point, 5 assist, 5 turnover win at Target Center and came in the midst of the hot stretch for the Bobs this season where they won 6 of 8 right before losing their next 18 straight. So chin up, Minnesota.

Bobcats probable starting lineup:

PG Kemba Walker

SG Gerald Henderson

SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

PF Hakim Warrick

C Bismack Biyombo

15 losses into that losing streak (3 before they won and started a 5 gamer, won another one and dropped their last 3) the Bobs lost center Byron Mullens (he of the 12 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks against the Wolves last time) to an ankle injury that’s kept him out a month. They’ve since slid Warrick in at power forward and Biyombo over to center, where Bismack is up to almost 3 blocks a game in 24 minutes over the last 5 games.

Kidd-Gilchrist has cooled off a bit in the new year, dropping from 56% in December to 40% so far in January. He has struggled with an eye injury.

Wolves probable starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Luke Ridnour

SF Andrei Kirilenko

PF Derrick Williams

C Greg Stiemsma

The squad that couldn’t shoot straight shot 21% (3-14) from 3 and 44% overall against Washington. Rubio (1-8, 4 points, 6 assists) and Williams (6-17, 18 points, 11 rebounds) proved the worst offenders while the rest of the Wolves looked weary on the first night of a back-to-back.

Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale continued to impress, shooting 3-6 and 7-10, respectively. While rumors spread that the Wolves’ front office is attempting to find a way to make room for them both once their 10-day contracts run out.

Pek and Shved didn’t make the trip. After watching Bradley Beal (and Joe Johnson) torch Ridnour and Stiemsma struggle to snare rebounds that come directly to him, send your get well cards to 600 1st Ave, Minneapolis.

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