Keys to Beat Atlanta Hawks

By Caroline Sikes
bobcats.com
November 27, 2012

KEY MATCHUP vs. HAWKS
Kemba Walker vs. Jeff Teague

Kemba Walker continues to lead the Bobcats with 16.6 points, 5.7 assists and 2.23 steals (third in the NBA). In an uncharacteristic performance against the¬ Thunder, Walker struggled to connect on any of his six shot attempts and finished with zero points. Look for Walker to bounce back quickly as the Cats take on their division rival for the second time in a week. In the first matchup, Walker scored 16 points, dished out nine assists and swiped two steals… Walker will match up with Jeff Teague in the Hawks backcourt. In the first match up, Teague had a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. For the season, Teague averages 7.3 assists, good enough for ninth in the league and is shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. Look for Walker and Teague to control the game and pull out a victory.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (7-6)
The Bobcats travel to Atlanta after losing the OKC Thunder on Monday night, 114-69. The Cats are currently 2-3 on the road as they look to even the score with the Hawks… In their previous meeting, the Hawks edged out the Bobcats, 101-91, at Time Warner Cable Arena®… This young Bobcats team continues to focus on defense. They’re currently second in the NBA in steals (9.46) and fourth in blocks (7.23). Head Coach Mike Dunlap has made it known defense is the cornerstone he’s building this team on and the Bobcats have bought in… Now, the Cats need to find a way to take advantage of their talents on the offensive end. One way they have done this is by converting at the free throw line. The Bobcats average 2.1 more free throw makes than their opponents and Ramon Sessions is sixth in the league averaging 5.5 free throws.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS (8-4)
The Hawks have won their last five games as they prepare for the Bobcats. In the previous meeting between the two, the Hawks shot 53.8 percent from the field. The Hawks dominated in the frontcourt with Al Horford racking up his fourth double-double (26 points, 13 rebounds) of the season… Atlanta scored 50 points in the paint and outrebounded the Bobcats, 41-36. Look for the Cats to be more competitive in the post to disrupt the Hawks’ efficient offense.

TUNE IN
The Bobcats continue on the road as they take on the Hawks in Atlanta on November 28 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the game with us as the Bobcats Watch Party Tour stops by Picasso’s in Uptown. Come out for games, giveaways and meet the Lady Cats. Can’t make it out to the Watch Party? Then make sure to watch us on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow along with the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.

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