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November 13, 2010

Thomas out; Henderson likely too

Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas will miss tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz due to a death in the family and Gerald Henderson likely will be deactivated, as coach Larry Brown is concerned with his ability to run.

Henderson has had a variety of leg injuries that slowed him in the preseason. Henderson missed Thursday’s practice in Washington and Brown felt Henderson didn’t run well the last two games. That’s in part why Brown has used Matt Carroll more at shooting guard.

 Sounds like forward Eduardo Najera will be activated, with big man Kwame Brown still not ready to play.

 “The fact that he hasn’t been able to practice,’’ Brown said of likely sitting Henderson. “It’s one thing when you have an older player and you give a guy a day off. But when you’re a young player, practice is important. If he’s not ready to go in practice, I don’t see any reason why he should play in a game.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on November 13, 2010 at 05:25 PM | Permalink


great timing for that.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2010 5:32:18 PM

Two more quick things:

1. Brown anticipates Thomas being back for Monday's home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

2. Look for D.J. Augustin to guard Raja Bell tonight more than Deron Williams, with Stephen Jackson guarding Williams. Makes sense. Bell is more a stand-still jump shooter than a driver, and Jackson can better match up with Williams' size as a penetrator

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 13, 2010 5:52:27 PM

I just spoke with Gerald Henderson pre-game. He said the pain he's been feeling in his left knee isn't going away, so he agrees he should sit out a game or more to try to get his body right.

Henderson said he had an MRI today, to make sure there's no structural damage. Henderson originally injured himself in the preseason.

"I've been playing through it, and it's not getting any better. This is just not helping,'' said Henderson.

"Obviously I want to play, but some things you've just got to do.;;

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 13, 2010 6:03:01 PM

No Thomas vs. Jazz front court could be ugly. Condolences to him and his family. HopeGeralds knee is ok, he was starting to show some improvement.

Posted by: Jgib23 | Nov 13, 2010 6:21:32 PM

Thanks for the update rick, really appreciate it

Posted by: dre | Nov 13, 2010 6:22:19 PM

I would love to see Carroll drop a dozen or so.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 13, 2010 6:34:31 PM

Condolences to the Thomas family. Utah will be a very tough game tonight. Hope it's not a long-term thing with Henderson. I thought he was actually starting to contribute by knocking down a few jumpers, but maybe not being able to get to the basket has something to do with the knee.

Posted by: Ari | Nov 13, 2010 7:05:35 PM

can we reschedule and bump up the date on the derrick brown coming out party and let him have a milsapian night tonight?

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2010 8:11:43 PM

Wow, absolute crusher!

Posted by: Ari | Nov 13, 2010 9:32:55 PM

Keep giving Nazr minutes. No more small ball.

Posted by: td | Nov 13, 2010 11:13:19 PM

This loss really hurts. The Bobcats were amazing in the first quarter at both ends of the floor, they led most of the game, they finally kept their turnovers low, they even managed to outrebound a team like Utah (of course, thanks to the great first half), and still they lost. I wish Nazr's excellent performance could've brought a win. If only they had been shooting their free throws in this game the way they did before in this season, this would've been enough to win.

The Jazz is a very tough and strong team. The question about them is not "how do they manage such comebacks, on the road, game after game?", but rather "how can they fall behind by so many points in the early going, on so many games?" They are super-fighters, they are great at interior defense and hard to guard at the same time - a very hard to beat team. At least, Bobcats are in good company after losing this one.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 14, 2010 12:15:18 AM

went to game...really thought our team played well. we were missing our 3rd best player.

Posted by: HJ | Nov 14, 2010 1:10:52 AM

did want to say that my previous comment was made PRIOR to having watched the game. I hit the tivo shortly after and was pleasantly surprised by brown's dunks. he should really have gotten more touches from that point on because he was embarassing guys.

while tyrus was missed i think nazr's performance negated a lot of what he could or would have done in those minutes. i think the more impact was in henderson being out because he really would have been useful against williams. that matchup for DJ is probably the worst in the league. billups and kidd surely give him trouble but williams is in his prime. i mean he gives trouble to everybody though and thankfully they don't have a 2 guard that would force augustin to guard williams.

i think nazr got motivated by kevin love's game the night before. we would be a completely different team if he could deliver that kind of effort even if its in 28 minutes per game. great game. heartbreaker. looking forward to monday's game against minnesota. fun matchups.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 14, 2010 5:21:36 PM

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