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king4day
01-23-2009, 05:53 PM
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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Time: 07:00pm EST
Location: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Season Series(Series Tied 0-0)
First Meeting: @ Charlotte; TBD
Second Meeting: @ Phoenix, TBD
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Projected Starting 5:




Phoenix Suns (11-9 Away)

PG...........SG..........SF..........PF........... C
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-STEVE NASH (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/steve_nash/)----RICHARDSON (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jason_richardson/index.html?nav=page)-----GRANT HILL (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/grant_hill/index.html?nav=page)----STOUDEMIRE (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/amare_stoudemire/index.html?nav=page)----SHAQ O'NEAL (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/shaquille_oneal/index.html?nav=page)

Charlotte Bobcats (12-13 Home)

PG...........SG..........SF..........PF........... C
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R. FELTON (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/raymond_felton/index.html)-----RAJA BELL (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/raja_bell/index.html)--------G. WALLACE (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/gerald_wallace/index.html)-----B. DIAW (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/boris_diaw/index.html)------E. OKAFOR (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/emeka_okafor/index.html)


Game Preview:


Facing the Charlotte Bobcats would usually present the ideal scenario for the Phoenix Suns to avoid another loss. After the two teams worked a six-player trade last month, that may no longer be the case.


On Friday night, the visiting Suns look to avoid a third consecutive loss while trying to remain perfect all-time against the surging Bobcats.

Both clubs have winning records since the Dec. 11 trade that moved veteran scorer Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley to Phoenix for forward Boris Diaw and guards Raja Bell and Sean Singletary, and Charlotte (17-25) is now playing its best basketball of the season.

The Bobcats are 10-9 since the trade, but have won four of their last five including a 101-86 home victory over Memphis on Wednesday.

"We're just starting to get our confidence," said Emeka Okafor, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds against the Grizzlies for his 22nd double-double of the season.

The Bobcats hope that confidence will lead to the franchise's first victory over Phoenix (23-17). The Suns have won all eight previous meetings against Charlotte, but have lost four of their last five games entering this contest.

The presence of experienced winners like Diaw and Bell has had a positive effect on the Bobcats. Diaw is averaging 13.6 points and Bell 12.1 since coming to Charlotte, which is 2 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Once you get the taste for (playoff contention), you get selfish. You want to win every game," said Bell, who has scored 25 points in two straight games. "That's how you get that snowball effect."

Still the NBA's lowest scoring team at 91.5 points per game, Charlotte is averaging three points more than that over its last 17 contests.

While the Bobcats' offense continues to improve, defense could be the key to beating Phoenix, which is averaging 118 points all-time versus Charlotte.

Leandro Barbosa scored 30 points while recently-named All-Star starter Amare Stoudemire added 24 with 11 rebounds in the Suns' 118-104 home win over Charlotte on Feb. 4 -- the teams' most recent meeting.

Phoenix is 10-7 since the trade, and is tied with Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West, but lost 114-109 at New York on Wednesday.

Richardson, who's averaging 15.7 points in a Suns uniform, had 27 points in the defeat, while Shaquille O'Neal had 21 with 12 rebounds and Stoudemire added 20.

The Suns fell to 1-2 on their season-high six-game road trip and have dropped four of their last five overall while allowing an average of 111.0 points.

"Before this five-game stretch, I was feeling pretty good about our team and I felt like we had turned a corner," said guard Steve Nash, who had a season-high 19 assists versus the Knicks. "So to take two steps back here lately has been frustrating. I'm not sure I have the answers for it."

Stoudemire, who will start the All-Star game in his home arena on Feb. 15, is averaging 23 points and 11.6 rebounds in five career games versus the Bobcats.

Source: Suns/Bobcats Preview (http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/preview?gameId=290123030)

Team Leaders

Phoenix Suns Leaders:

PTS: Amare Stoudemire 21.3 PPG
ASTS: Steve Nash 9.0 APG
REBS: Shaquille O'Neal 9.0 RPG
BLKS: Shaquille O'Neal 1.5 BPG
STLS: Amare Stoudemire 1.1 SPG


Charlotte Bobcats Leaders:

PTS: Gerald Wallace 16.4 PPG
ASTS: Raymond Felton 6.3 APG
REBS: Emeka Okafor 10.8 RPG
BLKS: Emeka Okafor 1.8 BPG
STLS: Gerald Wallace 1.8 SPG

king4day
01-23-2009, 05:54 PM
Heading to this game in about an hour. Should be a good one.

homestarunner93
01-23-2009, 09:17 PM
59-37 halftime lead for the Bobcats. :drool:
We'll see what they're made of in the second half, if they can hold this lead.

DerekRE_3
01-23-2009, 09:31 PM
Gerald has been just SICK.

homestarunner93
01-23-2009, 09:34 PM
Gerald has been just SICK.

I agree, at my current posting he's at 26 points...he's on pace for over 40!

DerekRE_3
01-23-2009, 09:38 PM
When he's hitting his outside shot like he is tonight, the sky is the limit for him. And all the Bobcats have to do on the break is get him the ball, and it's a done deal.

Diaw has also been great. It's unfortunate Emeka has to deal with the ******** foul calls in the post.

homestarunner93
01-23-2009, 09:52 PM
When he's hitting his outside shot like he is tonight, the sky is the limit for him. And all the Bobcats have to do on the break is get him the ball, and it's a done deal.

Diaw has also been great. It's unfortunate Emeka has to deal with the ******** foul calls in the post.

Are you watching it?

DerekRE_3
01-23-2009, 10:21 PM
Are you watching it?

Yeah Directv has free NBA League pass this week so I can watch the game. Our defense was just great and Diaw and Bell have been great additions. Hopefully Diop can take Nazr's minutes in the rotation.

sacgiants1213
01-23-2009, 11:58 PM
Gerald Wallace... enough said. Thanks for the fantasy stats gforce :)

tatort
01-24-2009, 10:43 AM
Was a great game of Wallace and Diaw. I also liked your new jerseys (?) and logo. Do you change ? Sorry for bad english.

black1605
01-24-2009, 11:59 AM
the checker pattern going up the side of the shorts and the jersey were part of a NASCAR promotion

king4day
01-24-2009, 02:49 PM
THe crowd was louder and more into that game than I've ever heard before.
Sadly, I think the majority of the crowd came for the Nascar promotion, but hopefully they start to fill up more.
Surprised I didn't get heckled once given how many Cat's fans showed up

homestarunner93
01-24-2009, 05:34 PM
THe crowd was louder and more into that game than I've ever heard before.
Sadly, I think the majority of the crowd came for the Nascar promotion, but hopefully they start to fill up more.
Surprised I didn't get heckled once given how many Cat's fans showed up

Because basically no one loves the Cats enough yet to heckle other fans. I imagine that the environment is less than hostile, but correct me if I'm wrong. While I've made the 3+ hour trek to Charlotte to see the Panthers multiple times, I've never been to a Bobcats game. I think this same story stands for a lot of people.

king4day
01-26-2009, 09:18 PM
Because basically no one loves the Cats enough yet to heckle other fans. I imagine that the environment is less than hostile, but correct me if I'm wrong. While I've made the 3+ hour trek to Charlotte to see the Panthers multiple times, I've never been to a Bobcats game. I think this same story stands for a lot of people.

Probably true. If u even come to town and need someone to go to the game with, let me know. I love goin there. Even when it's empty, if they're playing a top team like Detroit or Utah, the crowd does get riled up and it's a lotta fun.
Now that the Suns have come and gone, I have no games I plan on going to. I'd like to see NY next time they're here and Boston. Never saw Toronto either that I can recall. I wanna see some players before they retire. I regret not seeing jordan on the wizards his last game at MSG.

How'd u become a fan of the Cats?

Wilson
01-28-2009, 05:39 PM
Well I wanted to come here and congradulate you guys about beating us last night, but there's no thread for the Laker game in here, so I'll just post it here :o

Congrats on the win anyway. I wasn't able to watch it, but looking at the boxscore and reading about the game, it seems as though you just outplayed us. Good luck moving forward, and good luck to Gerald Wallace healing up, that's a bad injury to suffer during a basketball game.