Cavaliers at Bobcats
After snapping an 18-game losing skid on New Year's Eve, the Charlotte Bobcats will look to christen 2013 with another victory. Charlotte's chances for repeating the feat on Friday has promise, considering that the opponent - the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers - have dropped three in a row and nine of 11. Kemba Walker collected 18 points and eight rebounds as the Bobcats posted their first victory since Nov. 24 with a 91-81 triumph over Chicago.
Rookie Dion Waiters had 20 points and Alonzo Gee recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 97-94 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving is the focal point of the offense for Cleveland, but he'll likely see plenty of time matched up against Walker - his fellow 2011 first-round selection. The "sophomores" are at the top of their respective "class" in most offensive categories.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSOH (Cleveland), SPSO (Charlotte)
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (7-26): Cleveland is getting dominated on the inside as center Anderson Varejao continues to miss time with a bruised right knee. The Cavaliers were outscored by 16 points in the paint versus the Kings. Varejao, who is the league's leading rebounder, has already been ruled out for Friday's tilt. The contest is the eighth straight game that Varejao will miss.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS (8-23): Swingman Gerald Henderson has returned to the starting lineup with a flourish, averaging 14.6 points and 5.3 assists since Dec. 15. Henderson scored a team-high 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting in his last meeting with Cleveland on April 10. Guard Ramon Sessions bounced back from a brutal game versus New Orleans to score 15 against Chicago. Sessions, who has come off the bench in every game this season, shot 5-for-9 from the field against the Hornets.
1. Cleveland's Daniel Gibson, who is dealing with a concussion, did not travel with the team to Charlotte.
2. Bobcats rookie F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist admitted during Thursday's practice that he felt better after missing one game with a scratched right cornea. He plans to play on Friday.
3. The Cavaliers are recording just 19.3 assists per game, which is dead last in the league.
Bobcats 112, Cavaliers 107 (2OT)