This is the battle of 2 undefeated’s. No really it is. The Bobcats are 1-0 after a win on opening night against Milwaukee, while the Heat are 2-0 after demolishing the Mavericks on Christmas Day and beating the Celtics last night in Miami. Honestly the Heat look fantastic. I’m no fan of their’s but even I will admit they look like the team to beat right now. Their defense is so fast and physical due to their athleticism, and the offense they are running this year allows for them to be very free flowing. Those 2 things coupled together can lead to a lot of easy buckets in transition after forcing turnover’s.
With that said, this will obviously be a very tough game for the Young ‘Cats tonight. Expect to see some zone defense from Charlotte, but I actually think we have some players who can match up well with Miami’s stars. The size and strength of Corey Maggette can help to hopefully slow down LeBron James, while Gerald Henderson can most definitely defend Dwyane Wade. Outside of those 2 matchups I really think the Bobcats shouldn’t have any real problem’s defending the rest of the Miami roster.
DJ Augustin and Mario Chalmers equal each other out with DJ probably having the slight advantage because of his quickness even with a bum ankle(Injured on Monday). Look for DJ to shoot better from long range after struggling from there on Monday.
Tyrus Thomas should be back tonight and will have no issue defending Chris Bosh if he stays under control. Make Bosh take contested jumpers even though he can hit them. If he can’t get and easy lay ins or knock down a jumper or two he will likely get frustrated.
Boris Diaw will have a good night in the post if he’s self motivated. Miami has virtually no size and Boris definitely has the quickness and basketball smarts to beat anyone Miami trots out on the floor to play center.
But the match up I am super excited to see tonight?…Kemba Walker v. Norris Cole. These 2 rookies both have impressed their respective squads after the first few nights of the season. Last night Norris scored 20 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter against Boston. If the Bobcats want to beat Miami they will need a performance similar to that from Kemba. These 2 will probably see lots of time defending each other as they will both be the likely first guards off the bench. My advantage goes to Kemba Walker just because I think he is better overall and he has had a few days rest. Norris Cole is really a question mark as far as consistency and he also played last night. He may have some tired rookie legs already. But regardless, look out for him tonight as he could make some big plays.
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Should be a good one tonight in a packed Time Warner Cable Arena! Congrats if you have tickets, the prices were quite steep when I checked them out yesterday. Go Bobcats!
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