By Scott Lauer
October 11, 2012
Scott Lauer is the radio play-by-play voice of the Charlotte Bobcats. His column will appear on bobcats.com on Thursdays throughout the season. The opinions expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bobcats organization.
The Bobcats are preparing for tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets at North Charleston Coliseum and they just wrapped up shootaround. This marks the second time in three nights that these teams will play each other.
On Tuesday night, Charlotte took more 3’s (25) than free throws (17). This morning Coach Dunlap told me that first and foremost the Bobcats are a “rim team.” He wants to attack and get to the line often. Bobcats wiped away an 11-point first quarter deficit by playing strong defense in the second quarter, where they built an 11-point lead. In the second half, Bobcats were 0 for 11 from the arc and Hornets players, led by Ryan Anderson’s 5 (three in the second half), were raining in 3’s. Heading into this game, the Bobcats are cognizant about not leaving Anderson open.
In New Orleans, Byron Mullens drained four 3’s in the first quarter, but left the game late with a hyperextended knee; he’s good to go tonight. Mullens started at the “5” as Charlotte rested Brendan Haywood, but look for the former Tar Heel to play this evening. Coach Dunlap acknowledged what an advantage Mullens has by bringing the opposing Center out on the perimeter; it’s a matchup advantage for him.
Yesterday the Bobcats practiced twice, essentially using the day in Charleston as a carryover from training camp in Asheville, NC. Players have enjoyed their stay in historic Charleston and Ramon Sessions, a Myrtle Beach, SC native, was able to visit family in between practices yesterday. The Hornets are staying at the same hotel as the Bobcats and there have been many friendly exchanges between the two teams down here.
Game time is at 7:30 p.m. tonight and we’ll have the radio call on flagship station WFNZ 610AM, along with the rest of our Bobcats Radio Network.