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Preview: Keys to Beat Pacers, Bucks

By Wesley Robinson, bobcats.com

November 26, 2013

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KEY MATCHUP vs. PACERS: Gerald Henderson vs. Paul George

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds on Monday against the Celtics. Over the last five games, Henderson is averaging 16.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while shooting .426 from the field and .808 from the free-throw line. Those numbers are up from the first three games of the season, when he averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while shooting .278 from the field (10-for-36) and .727 from the free-throw line (8-for-11). Henderson has scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game and 13th time this season… Henderson will need to continue his high offensive play matching up against the league’s reigning Most Improved Player. Paul George is leading the Pacers in scoring with 24.2 points and currently ranks sixth in the NBA. George is elevating his offensive game this season and doesn’t mind having the ball in his hands in the waning moments of the game. The outcome of who wins will come down to which player could lead their team to an offensive edge with the scoring abilities.

KEY MATCHUP vs. BUCKS: Jeffery Taylor vs. O.J. Mayo

Jeffery Taylor has played well for the Bobcats, averaging 9.1 points and 2.3 rebounds on 38.0 percent shooting. Taylor scored a career-high 20 points on Monday against Chicago, reaching double figures for the fifth-straight game – from Nov. 11-18, 2013. The five-game streak is tied for the longest of his career – from Nov. 19-26, 2012. Standing at 6-7 and 213 pounds, Taylor definitely brings in great size and more cover ground for the Cats front and backcourts. With a reputation of being a stout defender, Taylor has ideal size to defend other small forwards in the NBA… Taylor will need to continue his high-level play and utilize his size matching up against O.J. Mayo as the Bobcats host Milwaukee Bucks. Mayo scored 28 points in consecutive games against Cleveland on Nov. 6 (9-for-19, 6-for-7 from 3) and against Dallas on Nov. 9 (11-for-20, 4-for-7 from 3), before adding an additional 25 points on Wednesday in Orlando. He is one of just 12 players this season with three or more 25-point games. Mayo is averaging 14.8 points while shooting 41 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range. If Taylor can contain Mayo offensively to limit those scoring opportunities, the Bobcats will have a great chance to earn a win.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (7-8)

Kemba Walker continues to embrace his leadership role, averaging a team-high 16.5 points to go with 4.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals. In the last five games, Walker has stepped up averaging 18.8 points on 48 percent shooting (38-for-79) and 33 percent (6-for-18) from long range—including scoring at least 20 points in two of the last five games and sixth time this season. Walker has also scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and 12th time this season… After holding the Bucks to an NBA season-low 72 points on Saturday, Charlotte tied the third-lowest single-game total by an opponent in franchise history. So far this season, the Bobcats are giving up only 91.9 points per game, which is the third-lowest average in the NBA. Last season, the team allowed 102.7 points per contest, ranking 29th in the league. The Bobcats have held their opponent under 100 points in 12 of their 15 games this season, which is tied for the third most such games in the NBA… Charlotte continues to make their mark in the paint, averaging 44.0 points over the last four games and are outscoring their opponents by an average of 13.5 points. During the season previous 12 games, the Bobcats averaged 37.1 points and outscored their opponents by an average of just 1.6. The Bobcats have scored at least 48 points in the paint in three of the last four games, including a season-high 52 on Nov. 20 against Brooklyn… It’s not taking Al Jefferson long to get adjusted to his place on the Bobcats roster after missing five of the first six games with an ankle injury. Jefferson is averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in six starts this season.

SCOUTING THE PACERS

The Pacers will hit the road before the holiday to matchup against Charlotte for the first time this season. By starting the season 9-0, the Pacers nine-game winning streak was tied for the longest in Pacers’ NBA franchise history. The Pacers were the 18th team in NBA history to start the season 9-0 and the first to reach that mark since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks began the Season 14-0. So far this season marks the first time Indiana has posted a 13-1 record after 14 games in franchise history… Defensively, Indiana has made their mark this season ranking first in points allowed (87.4). Also Indiana’s 111 blocks as a team is the highest total in the NBA and Roy Hibbert leads the NBA with 56 blocks (4.4 BPG)… With 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday’s win over the Celtics, Lance Stephenson became the first Indiana player to record multiple triple-doubles in one season since Jamaal Tinsley posted two during the 2001-02 season (19 points, 11 rebounds, 23 assists vs. Washington, 11/22/01; 11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists at Minnesota, 3/15/02). Detlef Schrempf holds the franchise record with four triple-doubles during the 1992-93 season.

SCOUTING THE BUCKS

This will be the second of two matchups with the Bucks in the final two weeks of November. With the additions of players like O.J. Mayo, Caron Butler, Gary Neal, Zaza Pachulia and Brandon Knight in the offseason, Milwaukee had to be hoping to get off to a better than 2-11 start, but getting all these new pieces to mesh seems like an arduous task, especially with a key piece like big man Larry Sanders out for the next six weeks following thumb surgery. After starting the season 2-2, the Bucks have now dropped nine straight as of Nov. 9… Mayo leads the way for Milwaukee with 14.8 points to go with 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 0.7 steal, but the Bucks would like to see him take better care of the ball (2.9 turnovers)… Combo guard Gary Neal has also been a nice addition for Milwaukee, putting up 12.1 points, 2.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds primarily as a reserve… Pachulia (8.1 points, 7.3 rebounds) currently patrols the paint for the Bucks.

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