Byron Mullens

Change is coming to the Charlotte Bobcats, following a 102-96 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Start Byron Mullens at center? Probably, and that could come as soon as Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Play D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker together? Yes, in stretches, so long as the Bobcats can survive in zone defense.

Use Tyrus Thomas primarily as a small forward? Yes, with Corey Maggette out up to a month with a hamstring strain suffered Wednesday against the New York Knicks.

The Bobcats made up a nine-point deficit in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter after coach Paul Silas shook up his lineup — Mullens at center, the two point guards together, Thomas at small forward in his first game back from a sprained ankle.

– Reported by Rick Bonnell of theĀ Charlotte Observer