Time: 6:00 PM Central Standard Time
Place: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: KSBI-TV 52, Fox Sports Net Carolina
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1)
Previous Meeting(s): Dec. 26
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Backstory: The only matchup difference from last time is that we see Theo Ratliff instead of Nazr Mohammed, so expect a lot more Nenad Krstic action.
The last time we played the Bobcats, it was a physical and controversial game. Nazr Mohammed and Nenad Krstic had epic battles down low, Jeff Green and Steven Jackson struggled all game, and, as usual, Kevin Durant shone through and led the Thunder to victory.
This time, the stakes are much higher for both teams. The Bobcats are fighting for playoff seeding in the weak East, and the Thunder are fighting to keep as good of a record as possible until the week of hell next week. The Bobcats have improved their team play and dynamic since we last saw them, and they've had wins over powerhouse opponents like the Magic and the Lakers, but I'm not all that worried. Like most teams, the Bobcats have certain flaws, and when the Bobcats can't defense you to death, they're probably going to lose. And given that we have an offensive mastermind like Kevin Durant on our team, I don't see that loss happening any time soon.
Prediction: Oklahoma City 97, Charlotte 91