DALLAS -- If the Dallas Mavericks take a look at Charlotte's won-loss record and snicker and decide to take the Bobcats for granted, they could be in for a long night when these two collide Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.
The Bobcats are just 8-10 on the season and have a whole lot of problems simply scoring points. So much so that the Bobcats are last in the NBA in scoring at 89.2 points per game.
However, what the Bobcats lack offensively, they more than make up for it on defense, where they're third in the league in the fewest points allowed at 91.8 points per contest.
"Charlotte’s a very good team,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "They’re the most improved defensive team in the league.
"They’ve given up 11 less points per game than they did last year, which is a phenomenal improvement. They’re going to make it hard on you at both ends.''
The Bobcats made it very hard on the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat this past Sunday in Miami. The Heat had to hustle to defeat Charlotte, 99-98, after outscoring the Bobcats 38-25 in the fourth quarter.
-- Dwain Price
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