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Keys to Beat Hornets

By Mark Kern
March 12, 2012

D.J. Augustin vs. Jarrett Jack

D.J. Augustin is coming off his best game since his injury as he went off for 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists on March 10 in Oklahoma City. He was able to control the tempo for the Bobcats by scoring and finding his teammates… Augustin is averaging 12.2 points, 6.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds, and those numbers have only continued to go up as he is getting healthier… Jarrett Jack has been one of the most consistent players this season for the Hornets as he enters the game with averages of 14.9 points, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds on the season… Jack plays a little different style than Augustin, as he likes to play a little more physical, so he will to try and be more aggressive with Augustin… With the size disadvantage, look for the Bobcats to spread the court out and allow Augustin to use his quickness advantage to create scoring opportunities for him and his teammates.

The Bobcats have been playing much better as of late, and a lot of that has to do with the performance on the offensive end as they have scored over 93 points in four of the last five games… Since the return of all of their players from injury, the Bobcats have become a much more aggressive team attacking the rim and getting easier scoring opportunities… On defense, the Bobcats are a team that makes it tough for teams to score in the post. Charlotte is third in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging just under six a game. A lot of this has been because of the continuing development of rookie center Bismack Biyombo... The ability to block shots has helped open up the fastbreak game and give the Bobcats easier scoring opportunities.

The Hornets traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Clippers in the offseason in hopes of getting value back as they move towards the future. Unfortunately, things have not went as planned with Eric Gordon, the main piece in the trade. He only played in two games this year because of knee injury… The Hornets are a team without a “star”, and have some of the problems that the Bobcats have scoring the ball. They are a team that also has to get easy buckets in transition to help the team score.

The Bobcats tip off at 8 p.m. on Monday against the Hornets in New Orleans. Catch all the action on SportSouth, listen to us on WFNZ and join us for the live chat on

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