Boxscore of Bobcats vs Thunder – 12/26/2009
Score: 98-91 Oklahoma City Thunder
Charlotte Bobcats record: 11-17
Offensive Efficiency: 98.9
Defensive Efficiency: 107.7
Meritorious Player: Nazr Mohammed – 16 points on 10 field goal attempts, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block in 26 minutes. Solid minutes for the backup big man stuck in the starting role. Performances like that make it easier to say Tyson Chandler should take his time and finally get healthy before returning.
16 of 24 on free throws did the Bobcats in, more or less. Sure, they would have had to make all of them to win compared to the final margin – but if they make 4 or 5 more, it is a one possession game at the and anything can happen. For one night, the Bobcats controlled their turnovers, so this is the recurring issue I can harp on.
The Bobcats had 23 assists on 35 made field goals – and no player had more than 5. Good balance and several players looking to create, led by Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton who both had 5, but then 5 other Bobcats had multiple assists – Boris Diaw had 4, D.J. Augustin 3, and then Nazr, Gerald Wallace, and Ronald Murray all had 2. It did not lead to a great offensive performance tonight, though that again is largely due to foul foul shooting (repeated intentionally). That ball movement is what this group of players needs to be successful.