NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 30th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (25-17) at Charlotte Bobcats (11-34), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The injury-depleted Charlotte Bobcats hope to put the brakes on their franchise-record 11-game losing streak this evening when they host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Charlotte set the team record for futility on Saturday, as it dropped a 107-97 decision to the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center. Primoz Brezec tied a career-high with 27 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds, and Raymond Felton netted 18 and dished out a career-high 13 assists for the Bobcats, who have dropped 15 of their past 16.
Charlotte, which had lost 10 in a row on two occasions from January 7-27 and March 2-19 of last year, has not won a game since a double-overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on January 10 and has scored 100 points just once since then.
The Bobcats, though, were without guard Brevin Knight, who sat out the contest after suffering a concussion in Friday's loss to Miami.
Charlotte could ill afford to lose Knight, as it was already without starters Emeka Okafor (ankle), Gerald Wallace (knee) and Kareem Rush (finger), as well as Sean May (knee) and Keith Bogans (knee).
Knight will be a game-time decision this evening.
The Bobcats have dressed 10 or fewer players in 12 of the last 13 games, with only the rookie Felton appearing in all 45 games.
Charlotte, which will be starting a six game homestand this evening, is 7-13 in its arena this season. Atlanta, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, Philadelphia and Toronto will also visit on this stand.
Cleveland, meanwhile, comes into tonight's tilt flying high after James erupted for 44 points and 11 rebounds on Sunday to help the Cavs get past Phoenix, 113-106, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Aleksandar Pavlovic scored 15 points, while Donyell Marshall netted 14. Damon Jones scored 11 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 10, and Drew Gooden added 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, whose winning streak comes on the heels
Cleveland, which won all four matchups with the Bobcats last season, is 9-12 away from home this season.
01/30 10:56:11 ET