Pregame report: Bobcats at Pelicans
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
The latest updates from New Orleans Arena, where the Pelicans will host the Bobcats at 7 p.m. Central:
• Monty Williams on New Orleans’ 34.8 percent shooting from the field in a 110-90 loss at Orlando last night: “We just couldn’t make shots.” Meanwhile, Orlando was red-hot. Williams said he talked to Magic coaches after the game, who said of their team’s performance, “We haven’t shot the ball like that all year.”
• Williams on his team’s approach Friday: “We’re a ‘work’ team. We did not work last night.” • Charlotte (1-1) is coming off a 90-84 home win over Cleveland last night. On Wednesday, it opened the season with a 96-83 loss at Houston.
• The Bobcats will be without centers Al Jefferson (ankle) and Brendan Haywood (foot) due to injuries. Jefferson was expected to be Charlotte’s primary scorer this season after leaving Utah in free agency. In Friday’s win, the Bobcats started Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo.
• Charlotte first-year coach Steve Clifford on Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis: “He has a lot of natural competitiveness and can play at both ends of the floor. When you have exceptional talent and can play a balanced game, that’s a big asset for your team.”