Going old school tonight, with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the game. Here is a link to the recap from ESPN – clicky clicky. Now, let's get to it.
-The (current) starting five played well again – at least defensively. They surrendered only 0.74 points per poss (ppp), the best of any lineup to log significant minutes. Good work (on d), Ryan, Emeka, Gerald, Jason, and Ray.
-Gerald Wallace had a double-double and that was not the impressive part of his game. That would be the 34 points on only 18 fga – 11 of 18 from the floor, 11 of 14 from the line.
And we are done with that section – it was that kind of morning (yes, this game tipped off before noon, so that students from around Charlotte could come – glad the Bobcats did this, but I think the players are glad it is only a preseason thing).
-The FTA discrepancy…again. The Bobcats sent the Hawks to the line 41 times in this game, a slight improvement from the 48 against ATL last week. The Bobcats attempted only 23; that is not a margin they are going to be successful with. Gerald Wallace accounted for the majority of the Bobcats attempts, with 14.
-The turnover discrepancy. The Bobcats do not rebound well, but attempt to make up for that by taking care of the ball and taking it away from their opponent. That did not happen today, as the Bobcats had 20 turnovers to 16 for the Birds of Prey.
-The offense struggled, despite Crash's big night and Jason Richardson's return. The team only put up 98 points on 94 possessions – good (bad)for 1.04 ppp. While these is slightly better than last year's rate, it would still be below average in the league. The offense was actually slightly worse tonight with Richardson, with only 1.03 ppp, mainly due to his very mediocre 17 points on 18 field goal attempts.
-The boards…just awful. The Bobcats were outrebounded by 13 on the offensive glass and by 16 on the defensive end of the court. They wound up with an offensive rebound rate of 8.2 and a defensive rebound rate of 63.0. For comparison sake, last year, the team was at 26.4 and 71.6, respectively. Emeka had only 2 rebounds in 45 minutes – that is not going to get it done for this team.
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