(Sports Network) - Haven't the Charlotte Bobcats ventured down this path
Actually, it was less than a year ago Charlotte endured its worst losing
streak in franchise history (23 games) and is tasked with trying to stop
another lengthy slide. The Bobcats will take another crack at the win column
when they carry their 18-game skid into the Windy City Monday afternoon to
face the Chicago Bulls.
Charlotte's woes continued with Saturday's 98-95 loss to the New Orleans
Hornets as rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the way with 22 points, but only
four came after halftime. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered an inadvertent kick to the
head, according to coach Mike Dunlap.
Gerald Henderson scored 19 points, Kemba Walker netted 15 and Hakim Warrick
ended with 12 and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who haven't won since Nov. 24
at Washington. The Bobcats are mired in a nine-game road losing streak and are
just 2-11 as the visitor.
"We gotta solve this issue," Dunlap said.
Dunlap did note that he has seen more energy and emotion from his players
during the drought. Charlotte hasn't proven that statistically and is last in
the NBA in defense allowing 104.5 ppg. Warrick has made the most of his
increased play and has posted averages of 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 31.1
minutes over the previous three games.
The Bulls will wrap up a three-game homestand Monday and ended a two-game
losing streak with Saturday's 87-77 triumph versus the Wizards.
Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 17 points, while Carlos Boozer added a
double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. In a sloppy fourth quarter for
both teams, the Bulls had a 17-14 in the final 12 minutes to win for the fifth
time in the past eight tries.
"I think we can play much better than we did tonight, but it was important for
us to win a game and we did," Belinelli said after the Bulls allowed an
opponent season-low 77points.
Belinelli was a boost off the bench and has scored in double-digits in 11 of
his last 12 games, but Boozer has been more of the meat and potatoes with 13
double-doubles in his last 21 games. Chicago is 4-1 this year when it holds
opposing teams to 80 points or less and 12-3 when it limits a team to less
Chicago, which is allowing 91.5 ppg this season and scoring only 92.7 ppg, is
9-7 at the United Center this season and will hit the road to Florida later
this week to face Orlando and Miami.
The Bulls won all three matchups with the Bobcats last season and is 20-9 in
the 29 overall meetings between the teams. Charlotte lost 11 of the 14
encounters in Chicago.
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