Keys to Beating the Heat

By Matt Rochinski
bobcats.com
October 22, 2012

KEY MATCHUP
Tyrus Thomas vs Chris Bosh

Tyrus Thomas showcased the skills that made him a fan favorite back in the Bobcats playoff run, playing with energy and intensity on both ends of the court in the Cats 85-80 loss in Detroit on October 20, 2012. Thomas finished with 14 points and game-high 16 rebounds to go with two assists and a blocked shot while stepping into the starting lineup for the second time this preseason… Chris Bosh has led the way for the Heat with LeBron James in the preseason, ranking 22nd in the league in scoring (13.2 points) and bringing down 4.4 rebounds each contest… Whoever is able to control the paint in this one could be the key to victory.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (1-4 Preseason)
Charlotte is on a four-game skid in the preseason after rallying in Detroit on October 20, only to suffer a five-point loss… Kemba Walker had his best game of the preseason in Detroit, leading the Cats with 15 points and handing out four assists… Ben Gordon continued his strong play in the preseason, scoring 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and bringing down three rebounds with two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in his return to Detroit. Gordon is the only Cat to score in double-digits in every preseason game and ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (16.0 points) this preseason… Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the only player to start all five preseason games for Charlotte and is averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals.

SCOUTING THE HEAT (3-2 Preseason)
After starting the preseason 1-2, the Heat have won their last two contests… LeBron James paces the defending champs with 13.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds… Dwyane Wade is close to regular season form as well, putting up 11.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds… The Heat’s big addition in the offseason was shooting guard Ray Allen. He’s averaged 9.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 24.4 minutes off the bench as a reserve in the preseason.

TUNE IN
The Bobcats will tip off at 7 p.m. on October 23 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC… Listen to the game on WFNZ and join Matt Rochinski of bobcats.com for the live chat.