Bobcats Return Home to Face Raptors

Jan 6, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) drives to the basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

After a big win in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks last night 102-97, the Charlotte Bobcats are returning to Time Warner Cable arena to face off against the Toronto Raptors in what marks the beginning of a three game stretch at home for the Cats.

Coming off of their road win, the Cats finally ended there 16 game road losing streak dating back to last season and may have found some offensive efficiency from some struggling starters.

Gerald Henderson found his stroke, scoring a season best 18 points on 5-13 shooting and 7-8 from the foul line while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 16 points from 5-7 shooting and 6-8 from the charity stripe.

Speaking of MKG, he’s going to have his hands full tonight against a very athletic Rudy Gay who’s racked up two double doubles in a row. Gay played very well against the Bobcats last season, averaging 23.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. It’s going to be a very good match up against these two forwards who are alike in many ways. Both are around 6-8, 230 pounds and have a similar play styles. Most notably, both MKG and Gay lack a consistent shot away from the basket, forcing  them to use their driving ability to get baskets at the hoop; So fans might be in for an exciting high flying exhibition between the two.

Also of note, it looks like Al Jefferson will be out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game. Which means it’ll be up to Bismack Biyombo to anchor the front court again and take on upstart second year pro Jonas Valanciunas, who racked up 18 points and 9 rebounds against the heat last night and has averaged 14.7 points and 8.0 rebounds against the Cats in his short career.

If the Bobcats can have another high efficiency scoring night like they did in MSG and continue to stifle other offenses with their impressive defensive efficiency, then there’s a good chance they could win their second game in a row tonight and their second straight home game.

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Time Warner Cable Arena

Match up to watch: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Rudy Gay

Injury report: It Looks like Al Jefferson (Ankle) will be out and Kemba Walker is day to day after that shoulder injury last night, but for now he’s expected to play.

Topics: Al Jefferson, Bismack Biyombo, Bobcats, Charlotte Bobcats, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-gilchrist, Time Warner Cable Arena

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