Preview: Diaw Key to Beating Knicks
By David Walters
January 3, 2012
Boris Diaw vs. Tyson Chandler
The Charlotte Bobcats make their first trip to New York on Wednesday to face the New York Knicks… Boris Diaw had a strong start to the season as the teams starting center with two near triple-doubles … He'll be looking to bounce back against the Knicks after being held scoreless against the Cavaliers on Tuesday while playing just 18 minutes due to early foul trouble… When Diaw is on his game, he is a very good passer which helps move the ball around more; that kind of ball movement has been missing since the Bobcats second game and the team will need him to get his versatile game back on track to succeed… Tyson Chandler, a former Bobcat himself, is the Knicks newly-signed center fresh off a championship in Dallas… Chandler is a defensive force in the paint and a good rebounder… He is averaging 11 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for the Knicks this season… The Bobcats will have to get past him to score in the paint and rebounds will again be a key focus as Chandler gets a lot of second-chance points off the offensive glass.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (1-4)
The Bobcats looked good early on against Cleveland on Tuesday but fell flat late in the second quarter and into the second half as the opposing bench took charge… D.J. Augustin (26 points, nine assists) and Corey Maggette (21 points, eight rebounds) led the charge for the Bobcats… Byron Mullens played well (career-high 14 points) and Bismack Biyombo continued to improve (eight points, five rebounds, two blocks) off the bench for the Bobcats… The Bobcats are on the last leg of a three-game road trip and are looking to take a win home before returning to Time Warner Cable Arena® to face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
SCOUTING THE KNICKS (2-3)
The Knicks enter this game coming off a 90-85 loss to the Toronto Raptors… Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 35 points and 11 rebounds in the loss as the Knicks played their second-straight game without All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire who is nursing an ankle sprain; Stoudemire was back in practice on Tuesday and is a game-time decision… The Knicks play an up-tempo style with Mike D'Antoni's offense, so scoring should be at a premium, forcing the Bobcats to play good transition defense to control the rhythm of the game.
The Bobcats tip off against the Knicks at 7:30 p.m. on SportSouth. You can also catch all the action on WFNZ. Don't forget to join the live chat starting at 7:30 p.m. or head to Strike City for the first Bobcats Watch Party stop of 2012.