Game 36 Preview: Bobcats (15-21) @ Wolves (17-18)

Jan. 02, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (15) celebrates with center Al Jefferson (25) after scoring a basket during the third quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats have 3 wins in their last 10 games, average the 28th most points per game (just a tenth under 93 a game), and are currently in the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference (with a half game lead on the surging Brooklyn Nets — winners of their last 4 games, that’s a surge).

The Bobs “success” should not be attributed to their rebounding where they rank 20th or their three point shooting where they’re tied for last with just over 5 made attempts a night.

Charlotte allows the third least points in the league, attempts the eighth-fewest shots in the league, grab the eighth-fewest offensive rebounds in the league, and commits the second-fewest turnovers in the league.

They play slow, ignore the offensive glass and take care of the ball.

Bobs likely starters

PG Kemba Walker

SG Gerald Henderson

SF Chris Douglas-Robert

PF Josh McRoberts

C Al Jefferson

Big Al is averaging 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists on 44% shooting on 17 shots a night over his last 5 games. Lots of nice comments have been made by Jefferson concerning Kevin Love’s young days playing besides him. It’ll be interesting to see how the Wolves handle Al in a Bobs uniform (without Paul Millsap by his side).

Kemba Walker is averaging 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to go with a steal and a half a game on 42% shooting. Let’s hope Shved doesn’t match up with Kemba…

Wolves likely starters

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Kevin Martin

SF Corey Brewer

PF Kevin Love

C Nikola Pekovic

Let us also hope the Wolves can practice their half court offense and getting Pek the ball — or anyone, really — when they’re on a roll. It would be nice to see the Wolves channel their frustrations with each other in to productive energy.

Chase Budinger made a triumphant return Wednesday, hitting a three and adding some much needed off-ball movement. It will be interesting to see if Chase gets a chance to build on his limited minutes.

Topics: Al Jefferson, Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Bobcats, Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves, Nikola Pekovic, Pregame, Preview, Ricky Rubio

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