Bobcats vs. Cavaliers Key Matchup: Kemba Walker vs. Kyrie Irving
The Charlotte Bobcats face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. This game boasts a matchup between two of the 2011 NBA Draft top point guards; number nine overall pick Kemba Walker and top pick Kyrie Irving.
Walker has played strong off the bench for the Bobcats so far this season, averaging 11.5 points, 3.5 assists and three rebounds a game in 20.5 minutes.
He hit some clutch free throws in the closing seconds of the Bobcats season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and has shown that he can compete in this league. Walker is coming off his best game as a pro after scoring 17 points with four assists…
Irving is having a good season so far, averaging 13.3 points, 5.5 assists and four assists per game while starting all four games for the Cavaliers. The point guard out of Duke has played well for the Cavs, showing off his all-around game that made him worthy of being the top pick.
Although Walker doesn’t start and Irving does, look for these two players to be matched up on each other throughout the game.
Scouting the Bobcats (1-3)
The Bobcats have dropped three straight after winning their opener against the Bucks. The ‘Cats have cooled off as of late but still have six double figure scorers. They are led by guards D.J. Augustin with 14.3 points, 6.3 assists and Gerald Henderson’s 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds per game.
D.J. White has played strong as the teams starting power forward averaging 11.3 point, five rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Boris Diaw and Corey Maggette have averaged 10 points each contest.
Rookie Bismack Biyombo is coming off his strongest outing of the season with six points, six rebounds and two blocks off the bench. Look for the Bobcats to come out with more energy and get back on track Tuesday in a very winnable game. The Bobcats will play against the New York Knicks on Wednesday to end their three-game road trip.
Scouting the Cavaliers (2-2)
The Cavaliers have split their first four games of the season and are coming off a 98-82 win over the Nets where they hit 16 three-pointers. Daniel Gibson hit five three-pointers and scored 19 points off the bench while Antawn Jamison led the Cavs with 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting.
The Cavs have energetic big man Anderson Varejao, who is averaging 10.3 rebounds this season, with 4.5 of those coming on the offensive end. Like the Bobcats, the Cavs also boast six players with scoring stats in double figures. Cleveland is young and they have some shooters that can hurt the Bobcats if they heat up.
Look for the Cavs to try to win this one to continue a good start to their season.