By Steve Martin
December 10, 2010
Two teams whose last game was decided by a two point margin face each other tonight in Indianapolis. The Bobcats logged their biggest win of the season when they survived a Chauncey Billups last second miss to take a 100-98 verdict. Indiana saw Andrew Bogut tip in a miss with 1 second to go to fall to Milwaukee 97-95.
This is the second matchup of the season between these two teams. Indiana spoiled the Bobcats season opener in the first game October 29, winning 104-101 behind Danny Granger's 33 points. The Bobcats had the ball with 10 seconds left and had two chances to send the game into overtime but missed on two three pointers.
Indiana is one of the league's best three point shooting teams. They are 3rd in 3-point makes and 2nd in the NBA in 3-point attempts. Granger is 5th in the NBA in 3 pointers with 49, while Charlotte's Stephen Jackson is 3rd at 51.
Jack has been outstanding since serving the one-game suspension on December 1st for refusing to leave the court when he was ejected in a loss to Milwaukee on November 27. He has averaged 22 points a game in the three games since, and was stalking a second triple double against Denver, coming up short one rebound and three assists. He scored 23 points in the win and nailed 5 three pointers in 11 attempts.
The Bobcats sent rookie Sherron Collins to their Maine NBDL affiliate. That move, coupled with Tyrus Thomas' anticipated absence because of a sore left quad muscle will likely mean the activation of Gana Giop, Eduardo Najera, or Gerald Henderson.
The Bobcats will be looking for a momentum push from their win over Denver. They'll need one, because staring them in the face on the backside of this back-to-back Saturday is a matchup with Boston.
Game time tonight is 6:30 with Bobcats Live on Sportsouth. The tip off comes shortly after 7.