Bobcats vs Kings – 3/19 – Boxscore
Score: 104-88 Bobcats
Bobcats Record: 30-38 (1.5 games out of 8th)
Meritorious Player: Gerald Wallace – 25 points – on 13 attempts. 11 of 11 on free throw attempts. 12 rebounds (7 offensive). 2 steals. 2 blocks. 1 assist to just 2 turnovers despite the activity. Oh – and he played the whole second half after the team doctors wanted him at the hospital for an MRI on his knee.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead…and let it evaporate in the 3rd quarter. As previously mentioned, Gerald may have been better off in the hospital – but he was the one who restored control of the game for Charlotte, knocking down consecutive threes (with a Raja Bell technical free throw in the middle) in the third to take the Bobcats from 2 down, 64-62 to up 69-64. I cannot say the Bobcats never looked back, because the lead dwindled to as little as 4 again in the 3rd, and down to 5 in the fourth before the Cats ultimately pulled away in the end – but Gerald's big shots kept the Bobcats from cracking to an inferior opponent. Had he consented to the MRI, I think the Bobcats playoff chances would have ended with a loss last night. Instead – just another all-around performance by Crash.
My quick post last night already touched on the subject of turnovers – Boris had 7 – but it is not like the rest of the team was without blame – there were another 14, with Raja contributing 4 and Vlad 3 to be the next high men on the score sheet. Good news for the Bobcats – despite the miscues, they made up for it by getting to the free throw line (and hitting) for 29 makes on 36 attempts. They out-rebounded Sacramento 52-28 – the margin of +24 on the boards was the Bobcats best mark of the season, with the previous high being +18 against Memphis back in December. The Bobcats big board night also took them from negative to positive on the year in rebounding margin (they stand at +18 for the season now).
Final thoughts: Thumbs up to Raymond, with 14 points on 10 attempts, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. Nice all-around game, made even better by the fact it came in just under 33 minutes of work. Also, though the sentiment is not shared by all I am sure, it was good to see Sean May get a few minutes of action again. As disappointing as this season has been for him, I have to think it feels good just to be playing again (confirmed by his comments to Bonnell – May keeps head up, enjoys rare minutes). I know I have said it before – but the memories of his championship run in college keep me intrigued in his potential and I would like to see at least one more season for him in the Queen City.