The Charlotte Bobcats will be on the road Wednesday to take on a surprisingly good Boston Celtics team. The Celtics have won four games in a row under new head coach Brad Stevens, after losing four straight to start the season.
The Bobcats are in the midst of a two game losing streak, but finally have a healthy Steve Clifford and Al Jefferson back. Because of Clifford and Jefferson’s absence, its been an up and down start to the season so far for the Bobcats. They’ve looked really competitive in some games and completely flat in the rest.
A 3-4 record is not bad for a team that has been in constant flux and is still getting comfortable with a new coach and system, as well a new teammate in Jefferson who plays a style that many of the younger players aren’t used to.
“There are guys who have never played with a true post scorer in their careers – not high school, college or the pros,” Josh McRoberts said to the Charlotte Observer. “He’s one of the best post scorers in the world, so we’ve got to adjust.”
Even with the Bobcats recent losses there have been some bright spots. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has played well in the last three games, averaging 14.7 points, six rebounds and shooting 62 percent from the field.
McRoberts has really helped facilitate the offense by averaging nine points, four rebounds and four assists a game so far this season.
Gerald Henderson has also looked good of late, after a rough start to the season. Henderson has picked up the slack while Kemba Walker has been struggling a bit. Walker is shooting less than 40 percent from the field and less than 20 percent from three point range in his last three games.
The Celtics will be an interesting match up for the Bobcats, mainly in the fact that both teams run the court very well and and aren’t short on athletic wing players and big men. It will be very interesting to see how the Celtics match up against Al Jefferson too.
The Celtics lack depth at the center and power forward, meaning rookie Kelly Olynyk will get the brunt of the action.
The game will also see the occasional match up of Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Wallace, whom many compared Kidd-Gilchrist to during the draft.
When: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Boston Garden
Match Up to watch: Al Jefferson vs. Kelly Olynyk