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- Both Charlotte and Milwaukee have done a good job this season protecting the ball. They are both averaging just under 16 turnovers per game. Both Scott Skiles and Mike Dunlap expect turnovers to be a key in the outcome of Monday’s game. “Our perimeter guys have done a great job so far holding onto the ball,” Skiles said. “We like to really move the ball and holding onto it is important in the success we’ve had to start the season.” Charlotte feels it’s part of who they are defensively. “We want to disrupt,” Dunlap said. “That’s who we are. We want to pressure the ball and create mistakes on their end.”
- The Charlotte Bobcats announced that forward Tyrus Thomas will miss approximately two months after an MRI revealed a second-degree strain of his left calf muscle and a tear of the plantaris muscle, a smaller muscle that assists the calf in flexing the ankle. He injured the calf in Saturday’s loss to Memphis and it will not require surgery to heal. Thomas had been averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists through the first eight games. With Thomas sidelined expect newly acquired Hakim Warrick to see an increase in minutes. Warrick scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in ten minutes in his Bobcats debut Saturday against Memphis. “He’s smart, he’s a veteran and he does things offensively,” Dunlap said.
- In addition to the loss of Thomas, Charlotte will again be without Gerald Henderson (left foot sprain). The Bobcats’ captain is expected to return to action in the near future, but an exact time table has not been released by the team. Luc Mbah a Moute remains sidelined for Milwaukee after right knee surgery.
– Derek Smith