Each team enters the contest 1-2 after recent struggles, but surprisingly each are among the early league leaders in defensive efficiency. If the Bobcats can capitalize on some of the many turnovers the Knicks have afforded teams recently, then they just may be able to get back to .500.
We like to fight, we have an edge,” head coach Steve Clifford said. “Whenever things go poorly or really well, you’re always looking to get the right response from the group. These guys were disappointed the other night and I think we’ll come out (Tuesday) and play a good game.”
Clifford will look to lead the Bobcats to their first road win since February 19 against Orlando.
With Al Jefferson out of the lineup for the third consecutive game with an ankle injury, Clifford will need more of the defensive intensity the ‘Cats displayed in preseason.
As expected the ‘Cats offense has been spotty to say the least, even so Charlotte may be able to pull out a win if Kemba Walker can carry this team offensively through slow stretches and the defense continues to step up.
Bismack Biyombo will continuing starting at center the absence of Jefferson, so ‘Cats fans will again get to watch this young core develop on the fly.
Things to Watch:
- Will Melo continue to struggle from the field? Carmelo Anthony enters the contest averaging 21 points a game, but shooting just 37%.
- Kemba comes home. What kind of show does Kemba have in store as he returns to Madison Square Garden? He enters the contest averaging 16 points and 4 assists per game, but Kemba seems to shine here so prepare for a coming out party.
- Where is Hendo? Through 3 games this season Gerald Henderson has yet to emerge as the reliable scorer and veteran presence this Bobcats team so desperately needs.