One of the things that has proven to be consistent for the Charlotte Bobcats is the play of their guards, particularly that of their point guards Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions. They have both been catalysts for an inefficient offense and seem to have taken the reins together as leader for a young team that lacks any real veteran leadership. Their production backs that up as well. Walker and Sessions are the two leaders in both Player Efficiency Rating and points per game for Charlotte, Walker at 17.9 points per game with a 18.7 PER and Sessions at 14.5 points per game with a 18.4 PER.
In Wednesday’s game between the Bobcats and the Utah Jazz, both guards will need to perform well for Charlotte to notch their 10th win of the season. The first and most obvious reason for this is that Walker and Sessions are the two most consistent scoring-threats for the Bobcats. They have the most reliable games for this team riddled with players that are erratic in their production.
The less obvious, but still important, reason that these two have to perform well in this game is that it will exploit one of the Jazz’s weaknesses. This season, the Jazz have struggled at the point guard position, especially since the early-season injury to Mo Williams sidelined him for six-to-eight weeks. Utah’s other options at point guard include Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson and hybrid-guard Randy Foye. These guys haven’t been helping the Jazz’s cause. For the season, the Jazz point guards are averaging 7.9 points less, one more turnover and 4.8 percent fewer points in effective field goal percentage than their opponents. That together has resulted in the point guards of Jazz opponents averaging 5.5 more PER points per game than the Jazz point guard.
Given those issues with the Jazz, that means that Walker and Sessions should have the opportunity to exploit this weakness of their opponent on Wednesday. Whether or not they are able to do so will be a key factor in the outcome of the contest.
If both Charlotte point guards play well, the Bobcats have a great chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since mid-November.