The Bobcats shot 37% from the field and 18% from behind the arc on Wednesday night. The team never seemed able to get it going on the offensive end as Charlotte racked up the same amount of turnovers as assist (13).
Stephen Jackson was without a doubt the most disappointing performance of the night. In 36 minutes Jack was 2-14 from the field and 0-5 from behind the arc while scoring only 6 points. One thing is for sure, if the Bobcats expect to stay within reach of the final playoff spot in the east Jackson must have more of an impact offensively than he did tonight. Although tonight was just a bad night at the office for Jackson, this isn’t the time of year to start having them as the Bobcats have a very slim margin of era to the finish line.
“My body felt fine,” said Jackson. “It was just one of those nights. I had wide-open looks, but the shots didn’t fall. It wasn’t anything they did with their defense.”
It wasn’t the Bobcats worst defensive effort as they held the Rockets to only 41% from the field but Houston dominated on the glass 51-37 and pulled down 15 offensive rebounds. The Rockets also scored 50 of their 94 points in the paint which is somewhat surprising as the Bobcats are usually very stubborn defenders around the rim. Ex Western Carolina product Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 21 points.
Coach Silas continued to monitor Tyrus Thomas’s playing time last night as he only played 16 minutes. Thomas was active on the glass and a defensive presence as usual with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks but he struggled shooting. His jumpers were all short as he continues to try and find his legs coming back from injury. Thomas woke up in Houston yesterday morning with soreness in his knee and was actually a game time decision going into the game but he told coach Silas he could play and did his best to contribute.
D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the game and was the only player for Charlotte who seemed to have an ability to score consistently.
Charlotte will practice in Oklahoma City tomorrow in preparation for the game against Kevin Durant and the Thunder on Friday night and on Saturday night the Bobcats will face the Spurs in San Antonio. The road gets no easier in the near future for the Bobcats but they must find a way to compete and give themselves a chance to win at the end of every game from here on out. Playoff spots simply are not handed out, you must earn them.