In spite of a few current injuries, Charlotte's high-energy effort has interim coach Paul Silas enthusiastic about his team's potential when healthy & 100%.
Charlotte are anticipated to get 1 of their hurt stars back Saturday evening as they attempt for a 5th straight home court victory against the Wizards, the League's only remaining win-less away from home club.
not having starters Nazr Mohammed who has a knee injury knee, Stephen Jackson who has a knee injury & Gerald Wallace who has an ankle injury, the Bobcats ( 12 - 21 ) picking up the victory 108 - 105 in extra time at Minnesota on Wednesday, increasing to 3 - 2 since Silas came in for the resigned Larry Brown.
Tyrus Thomas got twenty-one points with eleven boards & D.J. Augustin and Boris Diaw each put in sixteen as Charlotte came back from a 14 - point 3rd quarter to break a 9 game away from home slide.
Silas & Charlotte anticipate to have Jackson back Saturday following a 1 game absence. The vet swing-man has put in 25.0 points his previous 5 games overall, & 27.3 on 54.5 % from the floor in his previous 4 home court contests versus the Wizards, 2 while with the Warriors.
it is not certain if Wallace, who has skipped 7 of the previous 9 contests, or Mohammed will come back for this matchup.
Regardless of who is on the floor, Jackson gives credit to Silas's for having the squad with a new sense of purpose and playing with passion.
Charlotte put in 91.8 in twenty-eight contests under Brown, although are putting in 98.2 since Silas took control of the team.
Augustin went 4 of 17 from the floor versus Minnesota, however have put in 19 on 48.5 % from the floor in Silas' fast paced system. He's putting in 8.6 in 10 contests versus the Wizards & might encounter a stiff challenge versus Wizards first-year John Wall.
The teams split their 1st 2 meetings this year, both within the nation's capital. Wall had thirteen points & 11 dishes during a 93 - 85 defeat to Charlotte on number. 12. Tendinitis within his knee held Wall watching from the sidelines of 108 - 75 win December 20th.
Wall was kept to 5 points however had 9 dishes during a 97 - 77 home court victory over the Nets on Friday as the Wizards ( 9 - 25 ) broke a 3 game slide.
number, Washington will attempt for their 1st road win following 17 losses.
The Wizards has put in 87 within a 4 game losing stretch at the Bobcats.
Rashard Lewis had sixteen points with thirteen boards Friday for his 2nd consecutive double - double. He's put in 19.1 points in 9 career contests at the Bobcats.
Putting in a disappointing 7.9 points during 8 contests this year. Swing-man Josh Howard
will be out for a 2nd consecutive matchup because of a sore left knee.