Rufus on Fire is the ultimate in Bobcats NBA coverage. Head blogger Ben Swanson took some time to field a series of questions in the lead up to the best-of-seven series beginning Sunday.
Kevin Kraczkowski (Hot Hot Hoops): Josh McRoberts seems to always make sensible in-game decisions. Is it like having a coach on the floor?
HHH: The Bobcats lead the NBA with fewest turnovers (just over 12 per game). What is the biggest contributing factor for their success at holding onto the ball.
RoF: They don't make a lot of risky passes, but they also get much of their offense from Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, two particularly low turnover players who take a lot of shots as ball-dominant players.
HHH: What has been the biggest surprise this season for Bobcats fans?
RoF: Probably Steve Clifford's defense. Their incredible rise from the dregs of the league's defenses last year to where they are today near the top has been crazy, especially with the personnel they have currently. They've managed to defend the paint well with Al Jefferson and Josh McRoberts in the starting frontcourt. That's no easy task.
HHH: I didn’t realize that Charlotte was so stingy, but they also lead the NBA in offensive rebounds allowed (under 10 per game). Add to this the fact that Miami is dead last in rebounds for the second season in a row. Could this be the key for a Bobcats upset?
RoF:I doubt it. Miami's offense is already so efficient that it doesn't need to rely on offensive rebounds and second-chance points, which makes them more difficult to score on in transition since they not spending so much time trying to grab boards on offense. If Miami manages to crack the Bobcats' defensive rebounding prowess, that would be very scary for Charlotte's defense.
RoF: The Raptors are probably a better matchup for Charlotte. They, too, have little playoff experience and the Bobcats have historically done well against Toronto.
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