Warriors-Bobcats: What to watch for

January 14, 2012, 6:37 pm
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The Golden State Warriors open up a four-game road tripSaturday against the Charlotte Bobcats. The combined record of the teams(Charlotte, Detroit, Cleveland, New Jersey) the Warriors play on this trip is12-34.Here are a few things to watch for during tonightsgame:

Scoring issues: Dont expect it to be ahigh-scoring game. The Bobcats are among the worst teams in the league when itcomes to points per game (89.3) and the Warriors are averaging 93.9 points pergame. The Warriors have played their best in recent games when theyve beenable to speed up the pace, but they havent been able to play that wayconsistently this season.Mullens improving: Charlotte center ByronMullens is beginning to make an impact. Hes averaging 12.4 points in 21minutes per game, and hes been playing even better recently. Mullens hasscored 54 points in the past three games, and hell be someone the Warriors minus Kwame Brown will have to deal with.Closing on road: The Warriors are 0-3 onthe road this season, but havent played badly in those games. They wereinvolved in a close game before caving in the fourth quarter against Phoenix,they were leading San Antonio late and they had a chance in the final fewminutes against the Lakers. But the Warriors didnt make enough plays in any ofthose games. Against the teams theyre playing on this trip, the Warriors wouldfigure to have better chances than on the previous trip.