Bobcats vs. Knicks Key Matchup: 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 team's starting center with two near triple-doubles. 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 his teams a lot of second-chance points off the offensive glass.
Scouting the Bobcats (1-4)
The Bobcats looked good in the first half against Cleveland on Tuesday but fell flat in 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 facing the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
Scouting the Knicks (2-3)
The Knicks enter this game coming off an 85-90 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.