Wednesday night, the Bobcats come to the ACC bringing with them a record of 4 – 9 to the game. They are coming off a win over the 76ers following losses to the Magic, the Mavericks, the Hawks and the Bucks in the past 10 days. The Raptors are coming into the game reeling from to tough losses to start a 4 game home stand having lost to the Celtics and a heart-breaking loss to the Nets as Vince Carter carried the game for the visitors. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo lead the Champions who had 7 players in double digits in the game.
Sam Mitchell will look to the bench and see a hurting Jermaine O’Neal and a banged up Jose Calderon which has contributed to the sluggish play the last 2 games. The Bobcats are missing Jason Richardson who is their leading scorer in spite of missing 6 games. The Bobcats will start D.J. Augustine, Gerald Wallace, Emeka Okafur, Alexis Ajinca, and Raymond Felton at point guard. The Raptors will counter with Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Jermaine O’Neal, Anthony Parker and Jose Calderon.
I look for the Raptors to carry the game to the Bobcats as both teams need a win at this point in the season. If Jermaine is unable to play, Kris Humprhies should provide an energy boost or they could put Andrea at the Post and give Jason Kapono some much needed minutes to raise his confidence level to a functional level. For the Raptors to win, we must control the ball, we must out play their front court at both ends of the floor and we must play with more intensity on defense and move the ball in transition to take advantage of our front court advantage on the glass.