Bobcats vs Bucks Boxscore – 10/20/2009 – Charlotte 94 – Milwaukee 87
Tyson Chandler played his first minutes of the pre-season, so that means: The starters are all toge…wait, where's Raja Bell gone? Bonnell reports: Raja has a torn wrist ligament and could be out 4 months. So, yes, the Bobcats have Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw back in the fold, but Raja is gone for the foreseeable future and Flip Murray's stress reaction in his shin is the same thing that has troubled Tyler Hansbrough for a year now.
The good news: Raymond Felton has played plenty of minutes at the 2 before, so this is nothing new to him to have to slide over for a bit. Oh, and that Gerald Henderson guy had his best game of the preseason: 14 points in just 14 minutes on 7 of 8 from the floor. Dontell Jefferson is still hanging around and maybe this helps him stick to the roster – he did not do anything special last night, but he is a solid defender and Larry Brown has not traded him so far, and that has to count for something.
Other notes: Most of the credit for the win should reside on the bench, with Gerald's big night but Vladimir Radmanovic was also dialed in – 3 of 5 shooting, but all 3 makes were threes, so he wound up with 11 points on those 5 attempts. And then Nazr Mohammed chipped in 12 off the bench, to go along with 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Gerald and Vlad had the team's highest +/- marks for the night, with both at +17, D.J. was next at +15 (he played 38 minutes – the only other starter over 30 was Gerald Wallace at 33), and then back to the bench for Nazr and a +9. The most interesting +/- to me: Boris Diaw at a +5, despite going 3 of 9 from the floor with 5 turnovers. To his credit, he did have 4 rebounds and 2 assists in his 29 minutes, but nothing special and nothing to explain seemingly helping the team win. Good defense and being on the court with some hot shooters would be my guess – did I mention I am ready for games to be on television?
Oh, and I almost forgot Tyson: He played 16 minutes and had little statistical impact, with just 4 points and 2 rebounds. But it is a good sign for the Bobcats that their project starting center is back – now they have a chance to show if their defense last season was a fluke or just a precursor.