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Keys to Beat Cavs, Pistons

By Mark Kern
bobcats.com
April 10, 2012

KEY MATCHUPS
Byron Mullens vs. Antawn Jamison

In the team’s last five games, Byron Mullens is averaging 17 points and 8.6 rebounds… Head Coach Paul Silas has moved him from the 5 to the 4, and the move has worked out well for the Bobcats… With Mullens ability to step out and hit the 20-foot jump shot, he pulls the other team’s big out from the paint, allowing his teammates to get to the basket… On defense, Mullens has shown great improvement throughout the season, showing the ability to challenge shots at the rim… Antawn Jamison is still going strong at 35, averaging 17.9 points and 6.5 rebounds, and is coming off a 34 point game in a 122-117 loss to the Nets on April 8…. Jamison, like Mullens, does most of his damage from the perimeter… However, he will get the ball on the wing, and drive to the basket… In this matchup, Jamison will look to use his quickness advantage to get to the rim, and it will be important for Mullens to combat this with his size and length.

Corey Maggette vs. Tayshaun Prince
Corey Maggette returned on April 9 against the Wizards, and had a strong outing as he led the Bobcats with 23 points… Maggette gives the Bobcats another wing player with Gerald Henderson that is looking to attack off the dribble. On seven different occasions this season, Maggette has been able to get to the free throw line at least 10 times, which he takes advantage of, hitting 85.6 percent of his free throws… In this matchup, he will again look to attack off the dribble, as he goes up against the athletic and lanky Tayshaun Prince… Prince on the season, is averaging 13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds… Prince has been with the Pistons his entire career, and was a key contributor on the title team in 2003… When Prince is on the offensive end, he will look to use his size and length to back Maggette down in the post, and go to his famous left hook shot… If Maggette can get some run outs, he could have a big game scoring and use his strength advantage on Prince to finish at the rim.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (7-48)
With the Bobcats, you never know who is going to be the guy that leads the team in scoring. In the last three games, Byron Mullens, Cory Higgins and Corey Maggette have all led the team in scoring… This production from everybody makes it where the other team has to guard everyone on the court… Kemba Walker is coming off a big game against the Wizards, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists... With his speed and quickness, Walker is able to attack defense and get the ball out and run, where the Bobcats are at their best. If the Bobcats are able to control the pace and play the game at a faster pace, they have a good chance of winning.

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS (18-36)
Much like the Bobcats, the Cavaliers are having to deal with their own injuries. With guards Kyrie Irving, Daniel Gibson all being out with injuries, the Cavaliers have had to rely on different players. Lester Hudson, who is on a 10-day contract, has taken advantage of the playing time. In his last two games, he is averaging 24.5 points and five assists… With Hudson and Jamison, the Cavaliers have two explosive scorers that have the ability to take over a game.

SCOUTING THE PISTONS (21-36 as of 4/10)
When the two teams matched up last, the Pistons were able to escape with the 110-107 overtime victory… In that game, the Pistons were without Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey, both of whom will be back for this game… With both of these guards, they give the Pistons two different players that are capable of taking over games…Gordon will look to do a lot of his damage from 3-point line, while Stuckey will look more to get to the basket... Inside, the Pistons have one of the best young centers in Greg Monroe. On the season, Monroe is averaging 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds… His ability to score down low, as well pass the ball, gives the Pistons a great option down low to complement the guard play.

TUNE IN
The Bobcats tipoff at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday against the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena… They will have Wednesday off before playing host to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 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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