Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson muscled his way to 29 points and 12 rebounds Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The wins give Charlotte its first .500 season since 2010. Jefferson has been the most dominant center in professional hoops since the All-Star break, leading all NBA big men with 25.0 ppg in 27 second half appearances.
Description: A sore groin will keep Charlotte guard Kemba Walker out for the second night in a row Saturday against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Bobcats on Twitter
Insight: Expect Luke Ridnour (4.8 ppg) to get another start at point guard. Walker (17.8 ppg, 6.1 apg) should be fine for when the Bobcats open the playoffs next week. If seeding doesn't change, Charlotte will face Indiana in the first round.
Description: Bobcats PF Cody Zeller had his first-career double-double Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: With Josh McRoberts nursing an ankle sprain, Zeller played a career-high 37 minutes and had 12 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one block. The Bobcats selected Zeller fourth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft but he has played just 17.3 mpg this season.
Description: Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (back) will play Saturday, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist had a hard fall Friday night and bruised his back, but the 20-year-old won't have to miss any time. MKG has averaged 24.5 minutes, 7.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks this season.
Description: Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts suffered a sprained left ankle Monday and will miss Wednesday's game, the team announced.
Insight: This will be his second absence of the season. He has started 73 games for Charlotte and averaged 8.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.3 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Cody Zeller will start in his place.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal wasn't available Wednesday and isn't expected to play Friday versus Orlando.
Insight: Coach Steve Clifford previously said he was expected to miss the next 2-to-3 games with knee and ankle soreness. Chris Douglas-Roberts put up 16 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists Wednesday night and has fantasy value with a heavy workload.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson went berserk Wednesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: Jefferson torched the Nets for 35 points on 15-of-27 shooting. He also had 15 rebounds, giving him four double-doubles in his last five games. The 29-year-old has completely resurrected his career in Charlotte and could be headed for his first All-NBA selection.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's expected to miss the next 2-to-3 games with knee and ankle soreness. Neal has played well since joining Charlotte at the trade deadline (11.5 ppg, 45 percent shooting in 23.4 mpg). Chris Douglas-Roberts (6.0 ppg) should see more time in Neal's absence.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson scored 23 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two threes Saturday against Portland.
Insight: Did Henderson work on his 3-point shot while he was for five games with a calf injury? Since he's returned to the lineup, he has made 9-of-18 (.500) from 3-point range in six games. He made just 22 treys in his first 59 games.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds in 38 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: The Bobcats won again, giving them five wins in the last six games and bringing them within two games of .500. Jefferson has been a big part of the resurrection of the francise with his 21.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg. He has put up 26.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg in 13 games since the All-Star break.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal didn't play Wednesday due to "an internal team matter," but should be back in the mix for Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: Neal has limited value with Gerald Henderson back from a five-game absence. He's averaging 11.9 ppg in seven contests with Charlotte, but most of that work was done getting a healthy workload. He'll be lucky to see 20 minutes as a backup to Henderson.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Wizards, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut with Henderson back.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) thinks he'll be ready to play Wednesday against Washington, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf, but he practiced Tuesday. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut when Henderson returns.
Description: The Pacers had no answer for Al Jefferson (34 points, eight rebounds) Wednesday in a 109-87 Bobcats victory.
Insight: Neither did the Heat Monday night in South Beach (38 points, 19 rebounds). Big Al is on a serious tear right now, averaging 29.3 ppg over his last four contests. Among centers, only DeMarcus Cousins is averaging more points this season (22.3 ppg for Cousins, 21.2 ppg for Jefferson).
Description: Charlotte shooting guard Gerald Henderson will miss at least the next three games with a right calf strain, according to the Bobcats on Twitter.
Insight: Henderson will be reevaluated after that. Gary Neal started Monday and had 10 points, five assists and two threes in 33 minutes, while Chris Douglas-Roberts played 24 minutes and had 12 points.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson threw up 38 points and 19 rebounds Monday against the Heat.
Insight: You won't hear much about Jefferson because LeBron James had a career-high 61 points in Miami's 17-point win over the Bobcats, but Charlotte's center was masterful. Big Al has been an absolute stud over his last 23 games, averaging 26 ppg and 11.1 rpg in that span.
Description: The Bobcats waived guard Ben Gordon on Sunday. SOURCE: John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Insight: If Gordon had been released one day earlier, he would have been eligible to play in the postseason. Now he must either sign with a non-playoff team or wait until July when free agency begins. Gordon is only averaging 5.2 ppg and won't be a fantasy option even if he gets signed before the end of the season.
Description: Bobcats guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour will play Friday night against the Spurs, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
Insight: Neal was traded from Milwaukee to Charlotte along with Luke Ridnour at the trade deadline and didn't play a minute in his first two games with the Bobcats. Neal and Ridnour will probably cancel each other out fantasy-wise.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson exploded for 33 points and ten rebounds Friday in a win over New Orleans.
Insight: He also had two blocked shots. The 30 shots Jefferson attempted were his second-most of the season. Jefferson seems to be the Bobcats' only source of offense right now. He's an obvious must-start and should be for the duration of this season.
Description: Charlotte swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts needed six stitches above his eye Friday against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Bobcats PR on Twitter
Insight: He's already back out there so fantasy owners have no need to panic. Not that you'd be playing Douglas-Roberts (4.5 ppg) anyway. Right now he's owned in fewer than one percent of fantasy leagues.
Description: Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three threes over 33 minutes Tuesday against the Pistons.
Insight: At the start of the season it seemed like McRoberts was simply keeping the starting power forward spot warm for rookie Cody Zeller, but he has started 53 games for the Bobcats and averaged 30 minutes, 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 threes and 0.8 steals.
Description: In his last 17 games, Bobcats PF/C Al Jefferson has scored 20+ points 15 times and 30+ points eight times while averaging 26.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in that span.
Insight: Jefferson made 15-of-28 from the field for 32 points with 12 rebounds, seven assists and one steal Tuesday at Detroit. His efforts have Charlotte in possession of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 24-30 record.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (left Achilles) played 38 minutes Wednesday at Brooklyn and had 16 points despite making just 6-of-17 from the field.
Insight: Walker's Achilles tightened up late in Tuesday's victory over Dallas and he was a game-time decision Wednesday, but the 38 minutes he played are a sign he's fine, especially with the All-Star break ahead.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (left Achilles) will play Wednesday against the Nets. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Walker's Achilles tightened up late in Tuesday's victory over Dallas. Coach Steve Clifford said the injury is a byproduct of the left ankle sprain that cost Walker seven games earlier this season.
Description: Al Jefferson led the Bobcats with 30 points and eight boards Tuesday in a win over Dallas.
Insight: Jefferson did all of that in just 34 minutes. He also contributed two blocked shots and a pair of assists. Jefferson (20.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg) has been excellent all season, though he hasn't gotten much recognition for it because he plays in Charlotte.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker left Tuesday's game against Dallas with tightness in his Achilles and won't return, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Walker had a rough night offensively, going 2-of-9 from the field for seven points, but he added nine rebounds, nine assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. The Bobcats play the Nets near Walker's hometown of the Bronx Wednesday.
Description: Bobcats guards Gerald Henderson scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and hit two threes Saturday against San Antonio.
Insight: Henderson rarely takes 3-pointers. In fact, he hadn't hit more than one in a game since Dec. 30. However, he gets to the foul line often and has averaged 15+ points for the third straight season. He also rebounds well for a shooting guard with 4.3 per game.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker dealt with cramps Tuesday versus Golden State but the injury isn't expected to impact his status for Saturday's game against the Spurs.
Insight: Walker scored just seven points Tuesday in his return from a sprained ankle. If Walker (18.4 ppg, 5.1 apg) is limited at all on Saturday, backup Ramon Sessions (10.6 ppg, 3.6 apg) would see an increase in playing time.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson made 12-of-22 from the field and had 30 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 39 minutes Tuesday at Golden State.
Insight: Jefferson bounced back after scoring 10 points his last time out and has averaged 26.8 points, 12 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in his last 13 games. His marriage with Charlotte has been a rousing success for fantasy owners.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will start Tuesday if he gets through pre-game warmups without his ankle flaring up, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Walker was aiming to return Friday at Los Angles but suffered a setback with his sprained ankle and missed two more games. Coach Steve Clifford said Walker won't have a minutes restriction if he's active Tuesday against the Warriors.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (ankle) practiced Monday and was a full participant in Tuesday's shootaround, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Walker was aiming to return Friday at Los Angles but suffered a setback with his sprained ankle and missed two more games. He is averaging 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.0 apg this season and is a must start.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker was walking without a limp, but is still about a week away from playing, according to a Charlotte Observer report.
Insight: After playing in 190 consecutive games to start his NBA career, Walker has missed the last two and figures to be out a few more, but he's tough and should be back at the short end of the original 10-14 day timetable. He's averaging 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.5 threes per contest, so fantasy owners need him back as much as the Bobcats.
Description: Bobcats backup point guard Ramon Sessions should see plenty of action with starter Kemba Walker sidelined for 10-14 days.
Insight: Sessions played 38 minutes against the Heat on Saturday and managed to post 16 points with five assists and three rebounds. He could be even better against Toronto and certainly has solid fantasy value for the next two weeks.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker's MRI revealed a second degree left ankle sprain and he is expected to miss 10-14 days, according to Marc J. Spears of yahoo.com.
Insight: Walker suffered the injury Saturday against Miami and will miss the first game of his NBA career Monday. He has averaged 20.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting in his last 25 games after some poor shooting the first month of the season.
Description: Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker injured his left ankle in the second half Saturday against Miami.
Insight: Walker is most certainly done for the night as he seemed to be in a lot of pain when he went down. He recorded six points and eight assists before exiting. Remember, the 23-year-old has yet to miss a game in his first three seasons in the league.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson rolled into Orlando and scored 30 points with 16 rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block against a team playing without Nikola Vucevic (concussion) Friday night.
Insight: Jefferson admitted this week that he'll need offseason surgery on his ankle, but the injury isn't showing on the court. He has averaged 27.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last four games.
Description: After acknowledging that he'd need ankle surgery this offseason, Bobcats center Al Jefferson went out and put up 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes against the 76ers.
Insight: Jefferson hasn't missed a game since November and he's clearly doing a good job of managing the pain in his ankle. He has averaged 26.3 points 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks the last three games.
Description: Though it won't stop him from playing this season, Bobcats center Al Jefferson acknowledged that he's likely to need offseason surgery on his right ankle. SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
Insight: Jefferson hasn't missed a game since November but he might be in more pain than he's letting on. Certainly this news is worth passing along but right now, fantasy owners shoudn't be overly concerned. We'd expect Jefferson to have another productive evening Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Description: With Tyson Chandler still in recovery mode from a upper respiratory illness and limited to 16 minutes, the Knicks had no one to contain Bobcats center Al Jefferson Tuesday. Jefferson had 35 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal to end New York's five-game winning streak.
Insight: Jefferson first season in Charlotte has been a success with averages of 17.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals. There's room for improvement with his scoring, as both his field-goal and free-throw percentages are significantly lower than his career rates.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hand) practiced again on Monday and it looks like he'll be able to return Tuesday against New York. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist broke his left (non-shooting) hand in early December and is being fitted with a protective glove for his hand. We're still waiting for him to blossom into a fantasy-worthy player. For now he's averaging 9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 apg.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker suffered a sprained joint in his left hand in the first half Saturday, but halftime X-rays came back negative and he was able to start the second half. He finished with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting in the loss.
Insight: Walker must be fine, as he played 44 minutes despite the injury.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker suffered a sprained joint in his left hand in the first half Saturday, but halftime X-rays came back negative and he was able to start the second half. SOURCE: Charlotte Bobcats PR on Twitter
Insight: Walker has slumped lately, averaging 17 ppg on 37.8 percent shooting in his past eight games coming into Saturday. However, overall he has averaged 20.4 ppg on 45.4 percent shooting since the start of December.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hand) practiced Wednesday for the first time since breaking his hand more than a month ago, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. The team expects to have him back Jan. 14 against the Knicks.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist broke his left (non-shooting) hand in early December and is being fitted with a protective glove for his hand. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist has been able to maintain his conditioning and will be able to return pretty quickly after a couple of practices.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be back as soon as next week, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist broke his left (non-shooting) hand in early December and is being fitted with a protective glove for his hand. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist has been able to maintain his conditioning and will be able to return as soon as he practices.
Description: Bobcats G/F Chris Douglas-Roberts has started the last two games and played 32.5 mpg while averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 threes.
Insight: Douglas-Roberts earned the starting job with 20 points in 24 minutes last Thursday at Portland. The team has been searching for a small forward after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand and replacement Jeff Taylor ruptured his Achilles tendon.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor suffered a right Achilles injury during Friday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Utah.
Insight: The swingman has started seven of Charlotte's eight games since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand (Taylor missed a game with a left heel contusion during that timeframe), but he hasn't scored in double figures in his last six.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson has averaged 24 points and 12.5 rebounds over his last two games.
Insight: Jefferson dealt with an ankle sprain for most of November but he's healthy and has produced strong numbers for Charlotte over the past three weeks. Over his last 11 games, Jefferson has averaged 16.9 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor suffered a right Achilles injury during Friday's game and will not return, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Taylor will undergo tests Saturday. The swingman has started seven of Charlotte's eight games since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand (Taylor missed a game with a left heel contusion during that timeframe), but he hasn't scored in double figures in his last six.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor is questionable for Monday's game against Golden State due to a heel injury.
Insight: Taylor (8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.8 apg) has been starting at small forward in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. If he can't go, the Bobcats may be forced to use Gerald Henderson or James Southerland at the three.
Description: Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo is questionable for Monday's game against Golden State after spraining his right ankle during Friday's game.
Insight: Biyombo did not practice over the weekend so he's probably more doubtful than questionable. He is averaging 3.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game this season and isn't a fantasy option.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor was barely able to practice on Sunday. He might not play Monday against Golden State. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Apparently it's a heel injury. Taylor has been starting at small forward in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. If he can't go, the Bobcats may be forced to use Gerald Henderson or Syracuse rookie James Southerland at the three.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will miss 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his left hand, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist is the fourth player in the last week to break his hand (J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and Anthony Davis suffered the same injury). Jeff Taylor and Anthony Tolliver are expected to fill in at small forward, but fantasy owners can hold off on adding either of them.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fractured his left hand during Tuesday night's loss at Dallas. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: This is getting ridiculous. Kidd-Gilchrist is the fourth player in the last week to break his hand (J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and Anthony Davis suffered the same injury). He's going to be out at least a month. Jeff Taylor is likely to take over Kidd-Gilchrist's spot in the starting lineup.
Description: Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was back at practice on Saturday. He should be able to play Sunday against Miami. SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist missed Friday night's game with plantar fasciitis. It's an injury that heals with time so it's a little surprising to see him back so soon. Even when healthy, the 20-year-old isn't a particularly appealing fantasy option.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist won't be available Friday night against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: MKG is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He's been getting around in a walking boot, which suggests he might be out a while. Expect Jeff Taylor to fill the void at small forward.
Description: Bobcats guards Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker combined to shoot 6-of-32 (.188) from the field Wednesday against Indiana.
Insight: Both still scored in double figures because they went 11-11 from the foul line. Henderson has shot just 37.4 percent from the field this season. He's averaging 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals but his lack of 3-pointers caps his value.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson wasn't listed on the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against Milwaukee. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Jefferson is expected to start for the second night in a row after missing four straight with a sprained ankle. Jefferson's scoring average (13.5 ppg) is a bit low by his standards but that's only because injuries have limited the amount of minutes he's been able to play (29.0 mpg is his lowest since 2005-06).
Description: Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has not had more than nine points in any of his last four games.
Insight: He scored 14 or more points in six of eight games from Nov. 1-15, but his offensive woes have returned. He only made 9-of-25 from the field his previous four games before attempting just two shots in 18 minutes Friday against Phoenix. He still had nine points because he made seven free throws, but his lack of scoring makes him a poor fantasy option.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (ankle) played 25 minutes and had nine points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks while picking up four fouls in his return to action Friday.
Insight: Jefferson had missed four straight games and nine of the first 12 this season with a sprained ankle. Coach Steve Clifford said that Jefferson would not be on a minutes restriction, but that may have changed after Big Al had to go to the locker room to have his ankle re-taped during Friday's game.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had a season-high 31 points Wednesday against the Nets. He made 12-of-20 from the field (4-7 3PT) and had five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in the victory.
Insight: Walker has been a disaster shooting the ball this season. He entered Wednesday's game hitting just 32.9 percent from the floor and 26.1 percent from 3-point range. He hasn't shot over 40 percent in consecutive games since the first two contests of the season.
Description: Bobcats big man Al Jefferson won't play Wednesday against the Nets.
Insight: After much speculation, Jefferson's status has now been confirmed by the team's official Twitter page. Jefferson has missed four straight games with a sprained ankle. There's some optimism that he could be back for Friday's game versus Phoenix.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (ankle) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Nets, but he has a "strong chance" to play Friday against the Suns. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Jefferson suffered an ankle injury during the preseason and has been limited to three games this season. He's suffered multiple setbacks, so look for Charlotte to hold him out until he is 100 percent.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker entered Saturday having shot a pathetic 18-of-78 (.231) from the field his last five games. He didn't quite snap out of his funk Saturday against the Heat, as he made 7-of-18, but he did have 22 points.
Insight: Walker had a very good sophomore season, scoring 17.7 points with 5.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 threes, so fantasy owners have to hold him even though he has been abysmal shooting the basketball this season. His numbers should improve once Al Jefferson is healthy.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (ankle) will miss Saturday's game against Miami.
Insight: He aggravated his sprained ankle in warmups Friday and will miss his second straight game. UPDATE: Cody Zeller was initially reported as the starter, but Bismack Biyombo will make the start again.
Description: Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts had 19 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five threes Monday against the Hawks.
Insight: McRoberts' ability to contribute in several categories, including 3-pointers, makes him intriguing, but he throws up duds far too often. He's scored in double figures three times in seven games.
Description: Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has scored in double figures in four straight games, including Monday against Atlanta when he had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (4-5 FT).
Insight: The 20-year-old is averaging 15 ppg during that span. If he can keep his scoring in double digits, he'll be a solid fantasy option due to his contributions in rebounds (6.1 rpg), blocks (1.4 bpg) and steals (0.7 spg).
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson is probable for Monday's game against Atlanta while dealing with a sprained right ankle.
Insight: According to Rick Bonnell, beat writer for the Charlotte Observer, Jefferson made it through the morning shootaround and is expected to start Monday's contest. He's only played one game this season, but should be close to a 20-10 guy by the end of the season.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will play Wednesday against the Raptors, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
Insight: Walker hurt his shoulder Tuesday against the Knicks, but re-entered the game after being looked at on the bench. He's averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 threes over the first four games.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Raptors, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Bobcats coach Steve Clifford didn't waste any time during Tuesday's post-game presser ruling Jefferson out for Wednesday's game. It will be his fourth straight absence due to a sprained ankle.
Description: Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts has failed to follow up on his strong season-opening line.
Insight: McRoberts had 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and three triples over 30 minutes in the first game of the season. In the last three, he has scored a total of 11 points with averages of 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.7 steals and 0.3 threes over 22 minutes per game. Cody Zeller will take the starting job sooner rather than later.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson made just 10-of-36 from the field the first three games this season, but he hit 5-of-13 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in an 18-point effort Tuesday at New York.
Insight: Henderson averaged 19.7 points and 37 minutes per game over his final 24 games last season, so he's certainly capable of lighting it up. His fantasy value is limited, however, because he doesn't shoot threes or provide many assists or hustle stats.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game at New York while Wednesday's game against the Raptors is also in doubt.
Insight: Jefferson, who is battling an ankle injury, also missed Friday's game. Bismack Biyombo will serve as the Bobcats' starting center until further notice, but his fantasy value is minimal (5.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg).
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (ankle) missed Friday's shootaround and is considered a game-time decision.
Insight: Jefferson experienced some pain and stiffness in his right ankle before the season opener, but played. He didn't shoot well, going 6-for-19, but managed 13 points and eight rebounds. Fantasy owners are looking for 20-10 on a daily basis from the Charlotte center.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (ankle) had an off night in his first regular season game with the team Wednesday against the Rockets, but it's noteworthy that he took 19 shots.
Insight: Jefferson, who entered the game dealing with an ankle sprain, played 30 minutes and shot 6-of-19 for 13 points with eight boards and two blocks while matching up with Dwight Howard. Big Al has a realistic chance at a 20-10 season as Charlotte's No. 1 offensive option.
Description: Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts posted a nice line in the season opener Wednesday at Houston, recording 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three threes in 30 minutes of play.
Insight: Cody Zeller eventually will take over the starting power forward job but McRoberts has it now after averaging 11.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last 18 games last season.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson experienced some pain and stiffness in his sprained right ankle at Tuesday's practice and is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets.
Insight: "I think I can play," Jefferson said. "I'm not going to be 100 percent pain-free. But I can tolerate a little pain." The center first sprained his ankle Oct. 11 in a preseason game against Miami.
Description: Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) practiced Monday, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. He should be ready to go for Wednesday's season opener at Houston.
Insight: The 20-year-old Kidd-Gilchrist is still a raw talent offensively which will hold back his fantasy value. He averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.9 blocks in 78 games as a rookie. MGK made 281 field goals last season; 221 came 10 feet away from the basket or closer. He'll need to show improvement to hold off Jeff Taylor, who had a strong summer and preseason.
Description: Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's strained right hamstring is not considered serious. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: The 20-year-old Kidd-Gilchrist is still a raw talent offensively which will hold back his fantasy value. He averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.9 blocks in 78 games as a rookie. MGK made 281 field goals last season; 221 came 10 feet away from the basket or closer.
Description: Bobcats guard Ben Gordon will miss the final two preseason games while recovering from a procedure to relieve soreness in one of his knees, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Gordon will need at least a week to recover from the procedure, coach Steve Clifford said. The shooting guard is in the final year of his current contract and will likely be limited to 25 minutes per game off the bench this season.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson has been diagnosed with a sprained right ankle, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: "It's sore as [expletive], real sore -- that's all I can tell you," Jefferson said Friday after suffering the injury during a preseason game. "It feels like I've got a heartbeat in it. All that matters is that it's negative. It ain't nothing I've never been through before, so I've just got to get treatment and make sure I'm ready for the season." Significant swelling in the ankle made it difficult to determine the extent of the injury or how much time he'll miss, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. In Jefferson's absence, the team will have to go with some combination of Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and Josh McRoberts in the frontcourt with Brendan Haywood (foot) sidelined three months.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson sprained his right ankle Friday against the Heat and had to be helped off the floor, but his X-rays came back negative, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Jefferson has a pretty easy path to have the best season in Bobcats history. The team has only had one All-Star -- Gerald Wallace in 2010 -- and just two players have averaged more than 18.2 ppg for a season. Fantasy owners can expect early second-round fantasy production out of him in 2013-14 as long as his ankle doesn't force him to miss regular season time.
Description: Gerald Henderson's new deal with the Bobcats will be worth $18 million over the next three seasons. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The two sides are finalizing the deal as we speak. The 25-year-old shot a career-best 33 percent from three-point range last season. His 15.5 ppg scoring average in 2012-13 was also a career-high.
Description: The Bobcats have reached a stalemate in contract talks with restricted free agent Gerald Henderson.
Insight: Negotiations have hit a bit of a rough patch but the Charlotte Observer is reporting that keeping Henderson remains one of the Bobcats' top priorities this offseason. If things don't progess soon, however, the team may change its stance and look to deal Henderson as part of a sign and trade.
Description: The Bobcats are using their amnesty clause on Tyrus Thomas. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Teams have until Friday to place a bid on him, otherwise he'll become a free agent. Thomas had a pitiful season for Charlotte, averaging just 4.8 ppg in 13.8 minutes per contest. He shot just 35.3 percent from the field in 2012-13, his worst percentage in seven NBA seasons.
Description: Josh McRoberts re-signed with the Bobcats for two years and $6 million. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: It's not the flashiest signing but McRoberts did have a solid last month of the season (11.9 ppg on 52.5 percent shooting and 9.3 rpg). McRoberts will battle with first-round pick Cody Zeller for minutes at power forward in 2013-14.
Description: According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Al Jefferson has agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated $41 million with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Insight: Jefferson has shot 49.5 percent from the field and averaged 9.4 rebounds per game over the last four seasons; he didn't have a shooting percentage below .492 or a rebounding average lower than 9.2 in that span. On the Bobcats, he should get more than the 15.8 shots per game he averaged last year with Utah, so he likely will average higher than 17.8 ppg. Charlotte started the likes of Bismack Biyombo, Brendan Haywood, Josh McRoberts, Byron Mullens and Tyrus Thomas in the frontcourt last season, so Jefferson represents a huge offensive upgrade.
Description: Charlotte will allow forward/center Byron Mullens to pursue free agency. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: That means the Bobcats aren't giving him a qualifying offer. If they had, the Bobcats would have been able to match any offers Mullens received from other teams. Instead they'll let Mullens walk while staking their future to rookie big man Cody Zeller from Indiana.
Description: The Bobcats went with a familiar name with their first pick in this year's NBA Draft. They took Indiana forward/center Cody Zeller with the fourth overall pick.
Insight: Cody's brother Tyler plays for the Cavs while their oldest brother Luke most recently played for Phoenix. Cody dominated for the Hoosiers in 2012-13, averaging 16.5 ppg and 8.1 rebounds per contest. Charlotte needs help almost everywhere so the 7-footer will be a welcome addition.
Description: Bobcats power forward Josh McRoberts made all six of his field goals (three treys) and 5-of-6 from the foul line for 20 points Wednesday against the Cavaliers. He added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 40.5 minutes.
Insight: When McRoberts came over to Charlotte from Orlando at the trade deadline, it didn't seem like a big deal for fantasy basketball owners, but the power forward averaged 11 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals over his final 18 games of the season.
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