By Mark Kern
February 28, 2012
Bismack Biyombo vs. Greg Monroe
The last time the Bobcats and Pistons played, Greg Monroe was able to control the paint with 19 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists... However, with the way Bismack Biyombo played in the Bobcats last game against the Indiana Pacers on February 22, Charlotte’s rookie big man will be looked upon to slow down Monroe. In that game, Biyombo had 10 rebounds, to go along with nine points and six blocked shots… Biyombo gets these statistics because of a great work ethic. He is not the focal point of the offense, so most of his points are off hustle plays such as offensive rebounding and running the floor…. Monroe is different in the fact that he is one of the Pistons go-to guys. He is very skilled as he can score down low or pass the ball out of the post. He is very comparable to Pacers center Roy Hibbert – the center Biyombo was matched up against in the last game… If Biyombo can bring the same type of energy and effort he did in the last game, then he has an opportunity to have a strong game against the Pistons.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (4-28)
For the first time all season, the Bobcats have all of their players healthy… With the All-Star break over, the Bobcats welcome back Gerald Henderson to the lineup as he returns from a hamstring injury suffered February 1 against Portland. Having Henderson back not only makes the starting lineup better, but the bench will become that much more prolific with guys like Kemba Walker and Reggie Williams leading the second unit… Look for the Bobcats to push the pace against the Pistons, who do not really prefer to play an up-tempo game.
SCOUTING THE PISTONS (11-24 as of 2/28)
The Pistons are a young team that is trying to find its identity. They have been playing better as of late, with a 6-4 mark in their last 10 games… Besides the youngster Monroe in the paint, the Pistons have a trio of guards that are capable of having big scoring games on any given night… Rodney Stuckey (14.3 points), Ben Gordon (13.4) and rookie Brandon Knight (12.8) give the Pistons a perimeter attack that can score from the outside and can also get in the lane and finish at the rim…. The Bobcats will need to play good defense on these three, because if one of them catches fire, it could be a long night for the Bobcats.
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