Score: 97-93 New York Knicks
Charlotte Bobcats record: 15-19
Offensive Efficiency: 106.9
Defensive Efficiency: 107.8
Meritorious Players: Ronald Murray with 20 points in just 22 minutes of action, while needing just 14 field goal attempts to get there. 2 rebounds, an assist, and a block fill out the rest of the rather pedestrian line – but Flip did what he is getting paid to do: Score. Too bad the rest of the team shot just 40% from the field.
Wilson Chandler set a new season high tonight with 27 – leading a Knicks win. Pretty similar to the last time these teams met, when Wilson Chandler set a season high with 26 points in a Knicks win. I certainly liked the first two matchups better – as it stands, the teams have split the season series 2-2 so other tie-breakers will be used should these two be fighting for a playoff berth at the end of the season.
The most disappointing thing about the loss? The Bobcats turned the ball over just 7 times, and forced 16. Additionally, the Cats grabbed more offensive rebounds, 10 to 6. Together, it gave the Bobcats an advantage of 16 additional field goal attempts. Unfortunately, that was not enough. The Bobcats defense allowed the Knicks to shoot 53.4% from the field – so when the Knicks were able to get a shot off, they did quite well.
The weakened defense has been a theme since Tyson Chandler went down with his current injury. Since 12/22, the Bobcats have surrendered 105.6 points per 100 possessions – a mark that would be good for just 17th in the league. So far this season, with Tyson on the court, the Bobcats have surrendered just an efficiency of just 99.5. While Nazr Mohammed does provide an offensive spark in the post, it is becoming more evident that works better for him (and the team) when it comes from the bench. Nazr's numbers have suffered since being thrust into a starting role: 21.4 points per 40 minutes on 59% shooting plus 12.6 rebounds per 40 prior to the move, 18.3 points/40 on 54% and just 7 rebounds per 40 since. Oh, and the team defense with him on the court has taken a similar hit: 103.2 before, 106.9 since. Get well soon, Tyson – Rick Bonnell blogs that Tyson is starting to improve: Chandler's foot less painful.