Starting this one early since I'll be out and about today before going to the game. Here's a key matchup re-printed from the cats website:
Gerald Henderson vs. Joe Johnson
Gerald Henderson is coming off his strongest showing of the season so far, tallying 24 points (10-of-13 shooting) to go with four rebounds and four steals against in New York on Wednesday… He hit some big shots down the stretch to keep the Knicks at bay whenever they tried to push their way back into the game and his athleticism and mid-range jumper will come in handy against Atlanta… Henderson is the Bobcats strongest defender and will be key in the matchup with the Hawks Joe Johnson because much of Atlanta’s offense runs through him… Johnson has been the Hawks assist leader for the past few seasons due to their absence of a true point guard… Despite the Hawks good start to the season, Johnson has had an off year by his standards and the Bobcats will look to Henderson to lock him up for this game… Johnson (16 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assist) is shooting an uncharacteristic 39.8 percent from the field and will be looking to get back on track against Charlotte on Friday night… These two teams split a home-and-home series in the preseason.
The Hawks lost in triple overtime to the Heat last night so here's hoping they're exhausted.