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Ben Gordon airball. He's 0-of-6 tonight.
Al Jefferson has six points on 2-of-12 shooting through three quarters. He's reached double-figures scoring in last 19 games.
End of third: Bobcats 64, Grizzlies 63. Kemba Walker has 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Refs are tiring of the complaints from both benches. This could be an interesting fourth quarter.
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said this could be quite the "muck-it-up" game. I'd say he captured what we're watching.
CX: Al Jefferson is 1-of-10.
Big Al sure could use a quarter of Alexis Ajinca right now.
Al Jefferson is 3-of-10 and appears pretty frustrated. Just put up a 17-footer that missed.
Ben Gordon at the scorer's table.
Nice transition pass by Gerald Henderson for a Kemba layup. Bobcats regain the lead, 50-48
Two guys you'd think would dominate offensively -- Al Jefferson and Zach Randolph -- a combined 2-of-10 from the field.
I should think Steve Clifford's entire halftime speech will be "What do you do when the other team goes overboard with double-teams?"
Halftime: Grizzlies 48, Bobcats 42. Kemba Walker with 12 points (off 5-of-7 shooting) and five assists.
Muhsin Muhammad in the house. Gets a "Mooooose" greeting from the crowd.
Steve Clifford's six technical fouls tied for third-most among head coaches (Frank Vogel). Pop and Thibodeau with seven each.
Sixth technical foul against Steve Clifford this season.
3rd foul on Al Jefferson. He's 1-of-6 from field. Rough half.
Josh McRoberts had a wide-open 3. He created a wider-open dunk for Gerald Henderson. That's why guys love playing with him.
Big Al 1-of-5 in 12 minutes. Grizzlies most aggressive on the double-team I've seen so far. Other Bobcats have to take advantage.
Bobcats doing a scoreboard "Pursuit of the Playoffs" video during a timeout.
Big Al coming back in after this timeout.
Ben-to-Biz for a dunk. You don't see that....ever.
Ben Gordon might be in the game as a result of CDR's eye injury. Clifford was iffy pre-game about his availability.
Ben Gordon's 3rd game appearance since Dec. 28.
Well, they can' t be showcasing Ben for a trade. Maybe they're thinking he'll accept less in a buyout if someone gets to see him play.
BREAKING: A Ben Gordon sighting.
Zeller putback under the rim after Big Al misses off a Zeller assists. The rook looks good 2nd night in a row.
Zach Randolph should be quite a test for Cody Zeller defensively.
Keep getting questions about Ridnour and Neal. They're eligible to play, but they will not play. Clifford wants them to practice first.
Grizzlies set great screens. Kemba getting peeled off trying to stay with Conley...And vice versa at other end.
Conley 3-of-3 for Grizzlies.
Grizzlies are doubling Big Al right from the start of every catch in the post. Other Bobcats have to react quickly to this.
Heck of a putback by MKG. A scramble play.
Brendan Haywood has been cleared for some on-court work, but sounds like he's weeks away from playing.
You think Alexis Ajinca woke up in a cold sweat screaming, "Jefferson!"
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2
The first measure I look at at NBA pre-draft camp is body fat: Find out who is susceptible to Girl Scout cookies.
A reporter would run up to a GM and say. "So-and-so measured only X without shoes!" GM would reply, "Who plays basketball without shoes?"
Reading these tweets from NFL combine reminds me of the frenzies at NBA pre-draft camp. (More)...
Guess you can argue that whatever happens between the Knicks and Hawks tonight, it's good for the Bobcats.
Monty Williams complaining last night about the free throw disparity. Yeah, because the NBA obviously has a vested interest in the Bobcats.
Bill Polian is made for television because he has knowledge and an ability to make analogies in real time.
I mean, if Johnny Football is a quarter-inch short of 6-foot, that changes everything.
2 kinds of coaches: John Fox said all wins are to be celebrated. Krzyzewski judges team's performance regardless of result. Clifford like K.
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.