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- Despite winning two of its last three games, Charlotte is still riding an 11-game losing streak at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Jazz are also playing well recently with wins in three of their last four games.
- Bobcats guard and co-captain Gerald Henderson will again be with the team’s second unit against Utah Wednesday night. Jeffery Taylor will get the start in place of Henderson. The move is as much about Taylor’s strong play of late as it as about needing the scoring punch from Henderson with the second unit. Henderson has averaged 14.5 points in his last four games.
- The Jazz are suffering through a spell of injuries that will keep both of the Williams sidelined. Mo Williams (right thumb surgery) will be out until sometime in February while Marvin Williams (right knee inflammation) will miss at least the next three games. Doctors want to see how Marvin Williams responds to his most recent treatment before making any further decisions.
- Jamaal Tinsley has started the last eight games with Mo Williams sidelined and has averaged 4.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in his last three starts. DeMarre Carroll will start in place of Marvin Williams and is 0-4 when in the starting lineup this season. Utah coach Tyrone Corbin chose to use Carroll rather than disrupt the chemistry of his second unit with the absence of Marvin Williams.
- Charlotte forward Byron Mullens is still sidelined for the foreseeable future with his left ankle sprain. There is no timetable for his return, but he has begun workouts both in the pool and on the treadmill. Tyrus Thomas has been filling in of late for Mullens and is averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds since returning from a left calf strain. Mullens will see action Wednesday night, but it will be in the broadcast booth as he joins Charlotte play-by-play man Scott Lauer on the team’s radio broadcast.
- One key stat to examine Wednesday will be how well Charlotte does in keeping Jazz off the offensive glass. The Jazz rank fifth in offensive rebounding and the Bobcats have consistently struggled with teams which have strong interior play this season.
– Derek Smith