Most teams that have visited Boston this season have left with victories. The Charlotte Bobcats are still looking for their first—ever.
The Bobcats look for their first road win against the Celtics as the Eastern Conference’s worst teams conclude their season series Wednesday night.
Charlotte (25-43) is winless in five trips to Boston (20-47), averaging 92.2 points while allowing 100.8. The Celtics (20-47), meanwhile, are 9-23 at TD Banknorth Garden this season, where they have at least one loss to 22 of the league’s 30 teams this season.
The Bobcats, who are 4 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Celtics in the East, have lost a season-high seven straight on the road since a 100-95 win over Minnesota on Feb. 21. Overall, they’ve dropped 25 of 34 road games this season.
The Bobcats are coming off an impressive home win, though, ending Cleveland’s eight-game winning streak with a 108-100 overtime victory Tuesday night despite playing short-handed. Already without leading rebounder Emeka Okafor (calf), forward Sean May (knee) and guard Brevin Knight (groin), guard Derek Anderson was a late scratch with swelling in his right knee.
Their status for this game is uncertain.
“We always feel like we can get a win,” said Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace, who had 27 points and 11 rebounds. “Even if our bigs are out, if our guards can control the rebounds, we can win with five guards out there.”
Wallace had 31 points in Charlotte’s last matchup with Boston, a 106-100 loss on Dec. 16.
Rookie swingman Adam Morrison hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime against the Cavs, and has played well against the Celtics, averaging 18.0 points in three games. In his last six games, though, he’s only averaging 6.7 points and shooting 30.0 percent from the field.
Little-used rookie forward Walter Herrmann, who scored a career-high 19 points Tuesday, hit a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 30 seconds to put it away for Charlotte.
Boston is returning home after a 106-88 loss to New Orleans on Monday night.
The Celtics’ play at home is beginning to pick up, though. They are averaging 104.0 points per game and shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range in their last seven home games, going 5-2 following a 13-game losing streak there.
Scoring was certainly a problem for the Celtics on Monday as they had only nine in the second quarter - their lowest total in a quarter this season.
“That is the NBA. You are going to have your highs and you are going to have your lows,” Celtics forward Paul Pierce said.
Pierce, who didn’t play in the fourth period, scored 28 points to lead the Celtics. He has averaged 29.0 points in his last three games.
Boston is 2-1 against Charlotte this season.