Bobcats hope to end slide against Suns

The Charlotte Bobcats certainly hope to halt an ugly 10- game skid tonight but maybe Paul Silas' club should just focus on staying competitive when its visits the desert to take on the Phoenix Suns.

The Bobcats are an NBA worst 3-20 and have lost the first two games of a four- game road trip by an average of 38.5 ppg. After falling in Hollywood to the Lakers by 33, Charlotte responded with a 44-point setback in Rip City against Portland.

Gerald Henderson scored 16 points on Wednesday vs. the Blazers while Derrick Brown finished with 12 points for the Bobcats, who shot just 32.1 percent from the field.

"This one's over and we have to move was a bad game for us," Silas understated.

Henderson, the team's leading scorer at 15.0 ppg, strained his hamstring in Portland and is expected to miss two to four weeks of action.

Charlotte, which will finish its trek in Boston on Tuesday, is a dismal 1-12 as the visitor on the season. It has lost 10 straight for the longest slide since a franchise-record 13-game skid from Jan. 11-Feb. 1, 2006.

The Suns are back in the desert following a brief two-game road trip (1-1) and hope to gain a measure of consistency, having lost five of seven and 10 of their last 14 contests.

In a 99-81 loss at Houston last night, Marcin Gortat recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jared Dudley also scored 15 points and Steve Nash provided just six points and handed out nine assists for Phoenix, which made 41 percent of its shots and was outrebounded by a 49-39 margin.

"We came out without any energy and we could never find our rhythm," Gortat said. "They came out strong and with a lot of energy. We were not ready to play either physically or mentally. We didn't have the best effort. I'm trying to do as much as possible and it is very frustrating."

Phoenix hopes to improve on its 4-6 home record tonight.

The Bobcats have actually won four straight over Phoenix and five of six overall. In the Valley of the Sun, Charlotte is 2-5 all-time in its short history.