The Bobcats played and lost 2 this weekend – but it is the preseason, so wins and losses do not matter. But it may be reasonable to be concerned about their inability to score efficiently at this point – it was expected but that does not mean it is welcome.
D.J. had 2 games that were about as different as could be: Saturday night against the Lakers – 0 of 6 from the floor, 2 of 2 from the stripe for 2 points, paired with 5 assists and 3 turnovers. Last night – 29 points in just 33 minutes, 7 of 13 from the floor and 10-11 from the stripe, but just 3 assists to match his 3 turnovers. The Bobcats will take that kind of production though – they need points and he got his with little waste.
Good news/bad news for Alexis Ajinca – Alexis continues to score efficiently this pre-season, as he put up 10 points on 5 attempts against the Lakers (3 of 5 from the floor, 4 of 4 from the stripe) and he made his only attempt against the Jazz. For the preseason, he now has 41 points on 28 attempts, and his field goal percentage is 60.7%. Very good – but the not so good: He got off to a strong start rebounding, but in his last 3 games has put up just 2, 2, and 0 rebounds. That could be part of why he got just 9 minutes of action last night. Not rebounding will be a big part of what keeps him off the floor in the regular season, so he will need to make more of an impact there to convince Larry he deserves minutes.
Those were the two performances that grabbed my eye but another couple of thoughts before this ends: Boris Diaw is a little too 3-happy right now and a bit careless with the ball, but not terribly surprising on either. The good news is that he is back on the court and everyone can start getting used to his relentless compulsion to pass now rather than the regular season. Derrick Brown had a solid game against the Jazz, putting up 15 on 10 attempts, along with 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.