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Clifford reaffirmed post-game he has no plans to play Neal or Ridnour vs. Grizzlies.
The Suns absolutely spanked the Spurs tonight. Most impressive.
I'll be curious if not having to travel tonight matters tomorrow in 2nd game of a back-to-back.
Bobcats victory, combined with Atlanta loss, moves the Bobcats into 7th place in the East.
Brian Roberts two free throws. Makes first, makes second. Quick foul of Kemba.
Kemba at the foul line. Bobcats up one. 8.9 seconds left. Makes first, makes second.
Al Jefferson blocks Eric Gordon.
Bobcats are 21-of-30 from the line. This game should be over.
Kemba misses first. Makes second.
Anthony Davis fouls out with 24 seconds left. Kemba to the foul line, with Bobcats up one.
Big Al's seventh 30-point game in last 11. Don't know that anyone has played better for a Charlotte NBA team than he has of late.
Big Al to the rescue -- grabs in his own miss for a putback, draws a foul from Tyreke Evans.
Bobcats have gone scoreless for nearly four minutes.
Other than 8 assists, Kemba has been pretty invisible tonight. 6 points on 2-of-9 shooting, 2 rebounds.
Sadly we may have seen the last of Ajinca for the evening: 14 minutes, 2 points, four rebounds, zero defense.
End of third: Bobcats 68, Pelicans 59.
That bank shot by MKG was not a thing of beauty. At least touch the rim.
Zeller has 11 points. His career high is 12.
Big Al has 27 points. Cody Zeller second with nine.
Bobcats have a 21-2 advantage in trips to the foul line tonight.
Big Al has 12 baskets. Rest of Bobcats combined have 10. Big Al is shooting 12-of-23. Rest of team: 10-of-28.
Big Al has 25 points in 21 minutes. His career high is 40.
Every time I watch Ajinca tonight, I flash back to Larry Brown running up-and-down the court, screaming at him. It would go on forever.
Ajinca commits his third foul in 11 minutes. Al is gonna be bummed if Alexis can't keep guarding him.
Halftime: Bobcats 43, Pelicans 32. Big Al has 18 points and 7 rebounds. Made 9 of 17 from the field.
If Ajinca keeps guarding Al, this could be a career night.
Biz's block leads to a Pelican's shot-clock violation.
Bobcats already have 16 points in the paint.
They're booing Austin Rivers. Is this the new JJ Redick treatment.
Big Al must be praying Monty won't sit Ajinca.
To those who swore Ajinca has improved: Big Al has eight points in five minutes.
Pelicans have started playing zone, apparently to protect Ajinca. Bobcats penetrating it easily.
Steve Clifford does not plan to use Ridnour or Neal Saturday against the Grizzlies.
The Bobcats' odd 5-day break from games after tomorrow now comes in handy as far as getting Neal and Ridnour up to speed.
One of the things Ridnour and Neal can't do until trade is official is talk with media about becoming Bobcats. So I'm in limbo, too.
Clifford said Gary Neal's long-range shooting will make it harder to double-team Al Jefferson and also help Kemba in pick-and-rolls.
Clifford said Sessions "played a lot better as an off-guard than I ever thought he could."
Ridnour and Neal are in the arena, but as Clifford said, they're not even cleared by NBA yet to shoot baskets on practice court.
The trade is not official until Sessions and Adrien pass their physicals in Milwaukee. Bobcats expect that to happen soon, but it's TBD.
Ben Gordon is in the building, so if Bobcats are buying him out, I guess it's not yet a done deal.
Clifford said Pargo and CDR would play more until Ridnour and Neal can be integrated into the system.
Clifford indicates he won't use the new guys tonight or tomorrow.
Alexis Ajinca listed as Pelicans starting center. Imagine how Al Jefferson must be salivating.
Earl Clark waived by 76ers before ever playing a game. Way Philly is playing, think Clark is the lucky one.
To several of you who have asked: Don't know whether Ridnour and Neal suit up tonight.
Key difference between pro and college fans: Pro fans demand that you are sarcastic. College fans hate you for being sarcastic.
It'd be cool if Roy pulled out the watch in this presser and smashed it WWE-style. I think he would, except Wanda would scold.
Don't mess with "Watch-less Roy."
When Higgins mentioned Ridnour's and Neal's excitement I thought, "Milwaukee, coldest Midwest winter in years. Who wouldn't be excited?"
Higgins said Ridnour and Neal very excited about this trade (undoubtedly because they're going to a team in a playoff race).
No specifics on when Ridnour and Neal get to Charlotte. I would think at least by gametime Friday vs. Pelicans.
Higgins said it was too soon after trade deadline to address whether they might give Ben Gordon a release to move on with other options.
Rod Higgins called Ramon Sessions the "ultimate professional." I would concur.