Bobcats Preview: Keys to Beat Pistons and Heat

By Jaclyn Harris
bobcats.com
March 22, 2013

KEY MATCHUP vs. PISTONS
Gerald Henderson vs. Rodney Stuckey

Guards Gerald Henderson and Rodney Stuckey will be two guys to keep an eye on March 23 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Averaging 14.4 points per game, Henderson’s scoring consistency has been pivotal to the Bobcats offense in recent games. He has scored in double figures in his last 10 games, scoring over 20 points in five out of seven games since the team played Oklahoma City on March 8… Rodney Stuckey is averaging 11.2 points per game and is the fourth leading scorer for Detroit. Stuckey has scored in double figures in the last four games, reaching 32 points in the Pistons’ March 16 game at Portland.

Keys to Beat Pistons and Heat

Keys to Beat Pistons and Heat

KEY MATCHUP vs. HEAT
Kemba Walker vs. Dwyane Wade

Kemba Walker and Dwyane Wade are two guards who will be pertinent to their teams’ offense in their March 24 matchup at AmericanAirlines Arena®. Walker, averaging 17.1 points per game, has been playing as consistent as ever, scoring in double figures in his last 10 games. He also leads the Cats in assists per game, averaging 5.6… Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.5 points per game and is the second leading scorer for the Heat. He is also second on the team in assists, averaging 5.0 assists per game. Wade has scored at least 20 points in 10 of his last 12 games.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (16-52)
The Cats are looking to come out hot after their second win in a row and third consecutive win at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Charlotte is looking to different players to come out strong to earn them a victory against Detroit, offensively and defensively. Currently, five Cats are averaging in double figures, omitting the injured Ramon Sessions: Kemba Walker (17.1), Gerald Henderson (14.4), Ben Gordon (12.3), Byron Mullens (11.4), and Jannero Pargo (10.0). Josh McRoberts has had double-doubles in two of his past five games and Bismack Biyombo is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game… Charlotte is averaging 98.4 points over the last five games, in which they are 3-2, up from the season average of 93.3 points per game.

SCOUTING THE PISTONS (23-46 as of 3/21)
The Pistons will be traveling to play Charlotte right after playing Miami on March 22. Entering that contest, Detroit had lost their past nine games. They currently have four players averaging double figures in scoring: Greg Monroe (15.9), Brandon Knight (13.8), Jose Calderon (11.4), and Rodney Stuckey (11.2). Detroit is currently averaging 94.3 points per game…. Both the Bobcats and the Pistons have players that can score, it will be the team with the most fight and the superior defense that will win this game.

SCOUTING THE HEAT (53-14 as of 3/21)
The Heat will be hosting the Bobcats on March 24 after playing Detroit on March 22. Entering Friday’s game, the Heat are on a 24-game winning streak, so the Bobcats will have a tough challenge ahead of them. Miami has four players averaging double figures in scoring: LeBron James (26.6), Dwayne Wade (21.5), Chris Bosh (16.8), and Ray Allen (10.9). The Heat is currently averaging 103.4 points per game.

TUNE IN
The Bobcats will be tipping off the Detroit Pistons on March 23 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats will then travel to Miami to play the Heat on March 24 at 6 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena®. You can also catch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat by downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone or by going to bobcats.com.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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