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March 06, 2009

Bell plans to play tonight

Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Raja Bell (right shoulder strain) went through all of shootaround this morning and expects to play tonight versus the Atlanta Hawks. Bell had to sit out practice Wednesday and Thursday due to the injury.

Gerald Wallace (bruised right heel) and Emeka Okafor (ankle sprain) both went through shootaround without any problem. Wallace has been fitted with a pad inside his sneaker to cushion his heel bruise.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

Comments

Rick,

Let's not rush Raja back...

Unrelated topic but want to bring something up. Made a comment earlier in the week, hoping for more coverage on the strength of the defense that Larry has brought to the Queen City this season. I noted that we were giving up less points per game than all other East teams except the Cavs, C’s, and Detroit; Procton stated that it was an effect of us slowing down the pace of the game.

I tend to agree that we aren’t running the break like Jeff Teague’s Deacons down in the ACC this year – but consider the following:

* 4th in the East this year in Opponent Points
* 7th in Opponent FG%
* 4th in Forced Turnovers (behind Mil, Phi, Mia)
* 4th in Opponent Def Rebounds (Bos, Cle, Phi)

I’ll say it again – Defense wins in the NBA – particularly in Stern’s era of high scoring. Larry knows this, and my guess is these guys are spending 85% of practice running through defensive drills. Right or wrong, the Diop and Bell acquisitions were driven by this focus, and G-Force and Okafor have been solid defenders for a time. This is also why Carrol, Stache, and May aren’t part of the program – all liabilities on the D side.

Would love some more analysis on this, before somebody like Simmons or Hollinger grab the story when we beat Boston in Round 1 of the playoffs by shutting down Pierce, Rondo and Starbury and the Observer misses the boat…

Important game tonight… D-FENCE D-FENCE D-FENCE

Posted by: FeltonFan | Mar 6, 2009 12:01:17 PM

Felton Fan:
You sound like a regular reader, so I'm surprised you missed the numerous times I wrote that this team's defense is above-average, while its offense is a relative weakness.
Having said that, I don't pay nearly as much attention to points allowed as field-goal percentage defense. Points allowed can be so manipulated by pace. Opponent field-goal percentage is a dramatically more accurate measure of how well a team guards.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 6, 2009 2:22:00 PM

If you really want a full picture, see if you can get an evaluation of points per possession. This will factor in TOs and everything while also accounting for pace differences (LB's teams do tend to play a slower pace).

It can be used for offense and defense.

Posted by: jperry | Mar 6, 2009 3:10:21 PM

hi rick, thanks for your work everyday,
you 're the lone part of information of the bobcats (from france where i live)

as felton fan said, the team defens eis such improve, (i think that diaw, and of course bell, are no strangers to that neither ...)
they 're both more than capable on this side,
diaw specially is far more accurate on this side than people thought...(just look how he matcs up again his guys...)

hope they should get into the playoff, where they can make the celtics swet a little bit...!!!

Posted by: greg | Mar 6, 2009 9:43:01 PM

hats off to jordan, rod and larry. they have made this team fun, and thought a little outside the box to do it.

Posted by: HJ | Mar 6, 2009 9:54:19 PM

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