PISTONS AT BOBCATS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Charlotte ended a seven-game losing streak away from home Tuesday night in Orlando and hope to win back-to-back games for the first time since the season’s opening month when the Detroit Pistons invade Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte has won two of the last three after dropping 15 of their last 17. The Pistons are 6-18 on the road this year and last won two straight outside Auburn Hills on March 26 and 28.
  • Charlotte’s Byron Mullens has continued his great play since returning February 4 from injury. He contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds against Orlando and since his return to the lineup seven games ago is averaging 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds. He has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in three of his last five games including a 20-point, 12-rebound outing Tuesday in Orlando.
  • Detroit’s recently acquired point guard, Jose Calderon, has averaged 14.3 points and seven assists in his seven games with the Pistons. Greg Monroe, who leads the team with 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, had his streak of eight straight double-doubles snapped Tuesday in the team’s loss to Memphis.
  • The Sports Business Journal recently came out with TV ratings numbers and the Bobcats were at the bottom. Charlotte’s audience of an average of 7,200 homes per game on SportSouth is lowest in the league. The team also had a 0.6 rating which was also the NBA’s lowest and is actually down 22 percent from the 2010-11 season.
  • The Pistons will be without Andre Drummond (stress fracture, fifth lumbar vertebra) until at least mid-March  and will serve as the team’s inactive in Charlotte. The Bobcats injury report is clear and will have Tyrus Thomas listed as inactive Wednesday. This will be the fourth straight game in which Thomas has been inactive.
  • An article in the Charlotte Business Journal mentioned Charlotte’s interest in hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star game. The Journal’s Erik Spanberg spoke with Charlotte Bobcats president Fred Whitfield about the idea. Charlotte hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention and would have the required space to host the weekend-long event. The city of Charlotte hosted the 1991 All-Star game at the Charlotte Coliseum when the Honrets were in their third year of existence.

– Derek Smith

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