Bobcats Begin Back to Back against Pistons: Game 52 Preview

Feb 11, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) dribbles the ball in front of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (20) during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats won 114-89. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

When: 7:00 P.M. ET

Where: The Palace Arena, Detroit MI

Starters:

Bobcats                                                       Pistons

PG Kemba Walker                                     PG Brandon Jennings

SG Gerald Henderson                               SG Kyle Singler

SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist                       SF Josh Smith

PF Josh McRoberts                                   PF Greg Monroe

C Al Jefferson                                             C Andre Drummond

Match Up to Watch: Al Jefferson Vs. Andre Drummond

Analysis:

The Bobcats are back after a short rest period during the all star break, and are looking to rebound after an ugly loss to the Brooklyn Nets 105-89 last Wednesday. The Cats are taking on a Pistons team in flux since firing their head coach Maurice Cheeks on February 9th. The Cats will actually play the Pistons two nights in a row; the first game on the road on Tuesday night and the second back home at the cable box on Wednesday night. These next two game should be a great opportunity for the Cats to get back in synch and allow Kemba Walker to find some of that shooting touch he lost after suffering a sprained ankle a few weeks ago.

Despite Kemba’s struggles, Al Jefferson has played on another level. Jefferson is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds this season and has been the closer for the Cats when they need points most late in games. If the Cats can get Walker back to scoring the way he was prior to his injury they will be a lot tougher to guard in the latter end of the season and hopefully playoffs.

It’s going to be fun to watch Jefferson take on such a talented young big man in Andre Drummond. Really its going to be a match up of skill vs. athleticism. If I had to pick a guy to win this battle within the game I would give it to Big Al (I’m a little biased), but Drummond is a freakishly athletic big man who can certainly out pace Jefferson.

The Bobcats beat the Pistons earlier this season 116-106 on Dec. 20th

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