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- The Bobcats’ chances of ending their 14-game losing streak became harder when it was announced Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson will not play against Denver. Gordon missed Friday’s loss at Golden State with soreness in his right knee, a problem that will keep him out tonight. Henderson suffered a contusion on his right shin in the second half Friday. He was originally going to try to play but was held out. The Bobcats have four days off before facing Miami at home Wednesday.
- Charlotte’s losing streak is understandably a source of frustration, but there have been some bright spots for the young team. They started this four-game Western Conference road swing with a one-point loss against the Lakers, and coach Mike Dunlap said a chance to practice was the key to playing well. “We had one practice before the Laker game, we hadn’t had practice in a long time, and that practice helped us play well against the Lakers,” he said. “That’s been the frustration.” Dunlap said the team has stuck together through this rough patch. “The mood is that of frustration. You wouldn’t want them anything but that and not unaccepting of losing in any form, [but] they’ve been good at staying together,” Dunlap said. “It’s a tribute to the staff, the veterans and the young guys believing in themselves. But it doesn’t mitigate the fact that we’re open about the frustration. That’s just a byproduct of where we’re at.”
- The Nuggets’ dubious record-setting night of futile shooting has quickly been put behind. Denver set an NBA record by going 0-for-22 from 3-point range and made just one jumper from outside the lane in a 101-93 to Portland on Thursday, but coach George Karl didn’t address it with his team at today’s shootaround. “Didn’t even talk about it,” he said. “My whole emphasis was defense. We were good defensively, but we could have been better. And the mistakes that we made … we could have won that game. The shots we took basically were good. We’re not going to be a great 3-point shooting team, but we’ll make enough to win games.”
– Michael Kelly