Bobcats benches veteran Diaw for rookie Walker

Bobcats coach Paul Silas has benched veteran power forward Boris

Diaw in favor of rookie Kemba Walker for Saturday night’s game

against Golden State.

Diaw has struggled of late, scoring just three points in the

last two games.

The move will have a ripple effect on the starting lineup.

Walker will make his first NBA start at the point guard, while D.J.

Augustin moves to the No. 2 spot. Gerald Henderson moves from

shooting guard to small forward, while Tyrus Thomas shifts to

Diaw’s spot at power forward.

With the Bobcats mired in a six-game losing streak, Silas felt

it was time for a different look, saying, ”We weren’t playing with

that much energy and we weren’t getting that much out of Boris, to

tell you the truth.”