Two struggling teams meet in Charlotte
- Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
- January 26, 2013 - 6:13 PM
As the old saying goes, something has to give, and it will tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Somebody has to win.
The Bobcats and Wolves enter tonight’s game each having lost three straight and eight out of nine. Now, it might be for different reasons – Charlotte is still trying to get their young players to grow up while the Wolves are dealing with a slew of injuries -- but the numbers are the same.
“I think we could switch locker rooms and I’m sure the faces of our tenants would be the same,” Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. Added Wolves acting coach Terry Porter: “They’ve already been in our den and won. I’m sure they’ll come out with a lot of confidence.”
Still, somebody is going to get a streak-busting win tonight.
More streaks? Charlotte has lost 16 straight home games while the Wolves have lost six straight on the road.
We’ll see how it goes when the tip finally happens at 7:30.
Porter talked a bit this evening about talking to the team about playing hard through adversity. “We have to worry about things we can control,” said Porter, who has gone 2-8 as the team’s acting head coach. “And that is going out and trying to play hard, trying to play together, trying to right this ship, get through it.”
Some other items:
--Porter is going with the same starting five of Andrei Kirilenko and Derrick Williams at forward, Greg Stiemsma at center and Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio at guard. Rubio played 31 minutes last night, which was a bit more than the 28-minute limit that remains in place.
--Guard J.J. Barea said he is good to go. He hurt a thigh muscle in the second half of Friday’s game in Washington.
--The Wolves had a travel issue last night in Washington. Their charter, due to fly into the D.C. area from Raleigh, N.C., was held up by an ice storm. That meant the team had sit for more than an hour waiting for a plane to arrive. They finally got into their Charlotte hotel room after 1 a.m. “You don’t think charters are supposed to happen that way,” Porter said. “It’s supposed to be smoother. Just list it among the other adversities we have to overcome.”
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