By Mark Kern
April 17, 2012
Bismack Biyombo vs. Joakim Noah
Bismack Biyombo has continued to grow this season, averaging 5.7 rebounds, 5.1 points and 1.7 rebounds… The seventh pick in the 2011 NBA Draft has improved all year for the Bobcats, but the defensive end has been where he had made his mark. On the season, Biyombo has eight games with four or more blocks. He uses his athleticism and length to block and contest shots… He will be matched up against another defensive-minded center in Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. He averages nearly a double-double (10.0 points, 9.7 rebounds) to go with 1.50 blocks and has the ability to control the paint defensively… Biyombo has gotten into foul trouble sometimes when matched up with a post player with an array of offensive moves, but Noah is not that type of player and gets most of his points off offensive rebounds and baskets created by the Bulls guards… Whichever big man can control the paint may go a long way in determining who wins the game.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (7-53)
A constant for the Bobcats this season has been Gerald Henderson, who is coming off a 27-point game against the New Orleans Hornets on April 16… Henderson has went for double-figures in five of the past six games… Besides Henderson, it has been a second-scorer-by-committee approach for the Cats. Byron Mullens (31) and Derrick Brown (21) have both set career highs in scoring for the Bobcats this month… When Charlotte is at their best, they are forcing turnovers and getting out into the open floor.
SCOUTING THE BULLS (46-15)
Despite injuries to MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls have continued to keep winning. Much of that is because of the play of the bench… Reserves like CJ Watson, Kyle Korver and Taj Gibson have come in to the game all year and not only kept leads, but shown the ability to stretch the lead… The Bulls are a very good defensive team, ranking second in the NBA behind the Philadelphia 76ers, giving up 88.9 points. Chicago does not beat itself, so for the Bobcats to win the game they must not turn the ball over and take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
The Bobcats tipoff at 7 p.m. on April 18 against the Bulls at Time Warner Cable Arena®... Catch all the action on SportSouth, listen to us on WFNZ and join us for the live chat on bobcats.com.
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