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CDR starting again tonight with Gerald Henderson injured. Steve Clifford wants Gary to settle in with 2nd unit.
Steve Clifford greeting ex-Bobcats GM/coach Bernie Bickerstaff, now on Cavs staff. Clifford and Bickerstaff worked together in LA.
Spurs getting huge attention in TNT post-game. Cuz God forbid you knock the Lakers.
Lakers staying within 47 of the Clippers. Special.
Wrote my Sunday NBA column long before this, but it hits the mark: Lakers a joke, but Knicks a deeper, endemic problem.
Yo, Laker fans: Tuck and cover.
Suns' victory over OKC is as impressive as Bobcats' victory over Pacers. COY call (and Thibs has to get votes) will be interesting.
Couple of you pointed out that Kobe made the All-Star team despite injury. But that was the fan vote. Al was dependent on coaches' vote.
It's cool that Vogel paid Big Al that praise and he's been great. But again, I'll quote Steve Clifford: Al missed a LOT of games early on.
BTW, Frank Vogel said post-game that Al Jefferson's performances should make coaches rethink how they cast their All-Star ballots. (more)
Father thank You 4 choosing me be I was ever born. Thank You 4 knowing me & revealing Yourself 2 me. I trust that You r working n my life.
Final: Bobcats 109, Pacers 87
Al Jefferson banks in a 3 to beat the shot clock.
Steve Clifford always talks about Josh McRoberts' "multiple efforts" plays. Those two putbacks say it.
David West and Josh McRoberts might get into it. Some shoving going on.
Paul George fouls Anthony Tolliver for a potential 4-point play. Tolliver misses free throw.
End of 3rd: Bobcats 73, Pacers 57
Paul George (0-of-9) finally scored in his 20th minute on the court.
MKG takes a baseline charge from Paul George. Somebody on radio said MKG belongs in the D-League. Sheesh.
That's two bad turnovers by Kemba in the pick-and-roll. Teams are jumping out on him aggressively to take away his dribble/passing lane.
All that grief MKG took after the LeBron-a-palooza? Playing tonight like he took it very personally.
MKG just threw Paul George's shot attempt back in his face. George scoreless on nine shot attempts.
Paul George is 0-of-8.
Halftime: Bobcats 47, Pacers 38. Big Al with 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
Gary Neal does a nice job of getting himself fouled late in a shot clock. Evan Turner can be a clod defensively at times.
Kemba Walker doing a little Iverson with those crossover moves.
Bobcats have scored 3 points in first 5 minutes of second quarter.
Steve Clifford trusted his bench a possession or two too long. Lead down to 6.
Luis Scola is so sound fundamentally. Must have been really well coached as a kid.
Here comes Big Al before the lead is history.
New guy Luke Ridnour throws a pass Biz isn't gonna catch.
Pacers have trimmed a 20-point deficit to 10. Bench is a little shaky, certainly shorthanded.
Biz has open 4-footer. Biz misses open 4-footer. Some things change, some others...
Pacers' 8 points was one more than the fewest Bobcats have ever allowed in a quarter.
End of 1st quarter: Bobcats 28, Pacers 8. Indiana shoots 4-of-20 from the field, commits 6 turnovers.
Fewest points Bobcats have allowed in a quarter this season: 11 vs. Raptors. Pacers at 8 right now.
Pacers are a mess offensively right now. 3-of-14 with five turnovers. Latest was Donald Sloan slamming into Al Jefferson for a charge.
Pacers are 2-of-13 from the field with four turnovers. Big Al outscoring Pacers 12-6.
Bobcats up 19-6 after CDR forces a Lance Stephenson turnover and converts to a layup. Second Vogel timeout to stop the bleeding.
Jefferson 4-of-4 for eight points.
MKG strips Paul George in the open court for a layup. Bobcats lead 15-6.
Bobcats lead 9-2 on Josh McRoberts dunk. Frank Vogel calls time, his Pacers shooting 1-of-7 with Roy Hibbert launching from 20 feet.
I'm thinking Hibbert jump shots might be something Steve Clifford would invite.
Pacers 0-of-5 until a fadeaway by David West.
Some peripheral lights out at TWC Arena. Didn't delay tip-off.
Kemba Walker last 2 games: 6-of-19 from field for a total of 13 points. Clifford said they need quicker pick-and-rolls before double comes.
Clifford said whoever is playing best offensively in a given game is likely to be in at the end if game is still up for grabs.
Clifford said part of the reason he's starting CDR is because he wants Gary Neal settling in with 2nd unit.
To those who've asked me why Bobcats don't get more national attention: Sports Illustrated is in town doing an Al Jefferson story.
CDR to start tonight at shooting guard. Clifford wants to keep Gary Neal with 2nd unit.
ICYMI Gerald Henderson (right calf strain) will be out at least through the end of the week. Hurt himself in OKC.
When I asked about the mask and the Heat connection Hamilton joked, "I was the first one" (re: LeBron).
New Bobcat Justin Hamilton plays in a mask after breaking his nose during Heat's preseason last fall (more)
Henderson has a right calf strain he suffered against the OKC Thunder.
Gerald Henderson out at least rest of week.
“...If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Bobcats 2-0 vs. Cavs. Win Friday or at CLE April 5, and they clinch tiebreaker over 9th-place team. Already have tiebreaker over Pistons.
Regardless of how Bobcats do tonight (Pacers) or Saturday (at Memphis), Friday vs. Cleveland is big to their playoff chances. (more)
Bobcats 3 games ahead of 9th-place Pistons (plus tiebreaker) and 4 games ahead of Cavs, who lost to Spurs last night.
You know that brutal stretch the Bobcats are having right now? Cavs later this month: Clippers, Heat, Thunder, Rockets in a row.
Bobcats remaining schedule: 12 home/10 road. Eleven games against teams with .500 or better records (7 from East, 4 from West).
Bobcats make the signing of D-League center Justin Hamilton official. He's on a 10-day contract.
Apparently suggesting one of two ACC freshmen had the biggest impact on that league is blasphemous. OK, if you say so..
Final thought tonight: If you question conventional wisdom in the ACC, you get trashed. Sad,
Most interesting thing about last 30 minutes: Some insults, but not 1 argument I was wrong that ACC POY is a joke. Telling.
Spent a year passing thru ACC media to cover NBA. Like them, But if Parker or Ennis isn't best player? Intellectually dishonest!
Tough one! Always focus on how to get better.. The worst thing to do is to give up, Witch will never happen! Tomorrow will be a new day
Granted, I'm an NBA guy and contrarian. But idea that neither Jabari Parker nor Tyler Ennis gets vote for best ACC player? Great big joke.
The hard thing about Twitter: Someone asks you a question. You answer. They debate (disputing facts, not opinions). You give up. Exhausting.
Bobcats have lost 3 straight (understandably). They might lose 5 straight. I think they make the playoffs. But no given.
Finally got to watch last night's "True Detectives" episode.. Sustained brilliance.
The problem tonight: The objective is to make LeBron a jump-shooter. He's making them all.
So everyone who said on July 4, "They're paying Al Jefferson WHAT?" whatcha think now?
Arguably the best half ever by a Bobcat, yet they're still behind.
Duke-on-Duke: McRoberts breaks down Battier. No flop involved.
That screen set on Ridnour was perfect: Perfectly legal, perfectly lethal. Ka-boom!
D'Antoni says Nash unlikely to play rest of season. When will the NBA do something about the Lakers' perennial tanking. Year after year...
Whatever keeps Kentucky in the top 25, is there a spray form? If we all put it on our cars, there would never be a fender-bender.
Losing Henderson tonight gives Clifford one less option in attempting to guard LeBron. Sounds like a lot of Tolliver vs. the masked man.
Re. Gary Neal starting: Gerald Henderson has a strained calf.