The Charlotte Bobcats are back at the Cable Box tonight to take on a struggling Brooklyn Nets team, who is 3-7 so far this season.
This is the first time this season the Cats will play the Nets, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Cats have lost two straight at the hands of the Heat and Bulls; two of the best teams in the east.
The Nets are a bit of a mess right now, with Deron Williams nursing an ankle injury and the team still trying to mesh, the Cats top ten ranked defense could look pretty good against an older team that’s struggling to find an identity.
The Nets were celebrated in the off season for their gutsy trade to acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry; but honestly it was pretty terrible. Sure if they trade for those guys five year ago then its a blockbuster, but now its a straight to DVD movie at best. Don’t get me wrong, Garnett and Pierce deserve all the respect in the world as players and competitors, but the Nets are putting way too much on their shoulders right now.
The Nets bad move is a plus for the Bobcats tonight. The Cats are still struggling offensively; I mean seriously look at the teams offensive efficiency and field goal percentage, its pretty bad right now. It doesn’t help that Kemba Walker is shooting a career low .329 from the field, and that Al Jefferson continues to suffer from the ankle injury. The problem is that with out Walker, the Cats have no one who can be a consistent outside threat.
But against a team like the Nets the Cats won’t need to score much to win. The Important thing is that they continue to play Steve Clifford’s brand of defense, which has kept them in more games this season and has them looking like a solid team.
The Player to watch tonight will definitely be Jeff Taylor, after he put up a career high 20 pts in the loss to the Chicago Bulls. I’m starting to like what I see out of Taylor and still believe by the end of the season he’ll be one of the NBA’s most improved players, but I just wished he didn’t hesitate so much when he gets the ball. Every game I’ve watched you can tell he want’s to shoot, but then he just does a little pump and pass. If he’s going to be as good as I think he can (think a bigger Arron Afflalo) then he needs to believe that ball will go in every time.
Another intriguing match up has gotta be Bismack Biyombo vs. 7 footer Brook Lopez. Who’s gonna win the dog fight down low? Basically you have one guy that can’t score a lick but is a hell of a defender against a guy who can score in a variety of ways but struggles to defend and is a terrible rebounder given his size. Who knows, but one things for sure it’ll be fun to watch.
When: 7:00 ET
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena
Match up to watch: Bismack vs. Lopez
Player to watch: Jeff Taylor